Great StoryTelling Network Newsletter
Volume 13, Issue 6 – 24 May 2017
How To Tell A Great Story |
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Columnists’ Books|
Aneeta Sundararaj|
Ladoo Dog|
Website Makeover|
My Cholesterol Journey in Malaysia|
Eric Okeke|
Corruption, Stop it!|

Rohi Shetty|
200 Humorous Tweetable Quotations |
Vaidya C.D. Siby | Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia |

Today’s edition has a special story about what happened when Rohi and I met in January. I trust that you’ll enjoy this and other stories we’re sharing with you.

Happy storytelling.
Aneeta Sundararaj


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STORY ASIA: Canopy of Peace
Dr. Rohi Shetty

Dr. Rohi Shetty

The decision is made. Instead of taking a rickshaw or the car, we’ll walk. Rohi will lead the way to Shreyas restaurant that serves a Maharashtrian Thali. Although it is January, the mid-morning sun warms my back as we walk along Prabhat Road in Pune, India. As we amble along, cars, scooters, cycles and pedestrians race past. Perhaps, ‘race’ isn’t the right word. At most, they’re all going at 15 km per hour because the road is congested and choking with people, noise and smells.

There are squeals of laughter from children nearby. One man is selling vegetables by the roadside. A young girl on a scooter wraps one end of her dupatta around her head then expertly covers her nose and mouth. Once she puts on her sunglasses, there’s nothing of her face that’s visible and she’s completely protected from the pollution.

Since I’m meeting Rohi for the first time since my father’s death, it is natural this topic comes up during our conversation. He asks what my views are about death. I struggle to answer him because I’ve been so busy living that I haven’t thought much about dying. At least not about my own mortality. I tell him that what I have done for a long while now is to put systems in place to ensure that living is more manageable. I refer to a book I worked on, Yap Ming Hui’s ‘Set Yourself Free’ ( and we discuss this in some detail.

We arrive at the cross-roads and Rohi suggests we take the left lane. A while later, he takes a deep breath and responds to what I said.

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STILLNESS AND FLOW: The Biggest Obstacle to Meditation (And How to Overcome It) by Dr. Rohi Shetty

A meditator went to a spiritual teacher and asked for his advice. “My mind is never free from thoughts, though I’ve been trying really hard to get rid of them since several years. Please guide me. How do I get rid of these thoughts?”

The teacher said, “Continue your practice as usual but with one change—avoid all thoughts about monkeys while meditating. Come back after one week.”

After a week, the meditator returned and reported, “Before I met you, I never had any thoughts about monkeys during meditation. But after you advised me not to think about monkeys, I can’t stop thinking about them. The more I try not to think about monkeys, the more thoughts I get about them. I’m totally stressed during meditation.

“And this stress has affected my peace of mind. I’ve lost my appetite and I can’t sleep properly. My mind has become totally disturbed. I have thoughts of monkeys all the time, doing all kinds of tricks. I can’t meditate at all, not even for a minute. I’ve become completely frustrated and depressed.”

The teacher smiled and explained, “I gave you this advice so that you would understand it through your own experience. Now you understand that the more you try to avoid anything, the more it sticks to you. You tried so hard to avoid all thoughts about monkeys. What happened? There’s nothing special about monkeys…

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KNOWLEDGE OF LIFE: Asha: Rheumatoid Arthritis by Aneeta Sundararaj

In general terms, the primary manifestations of Rheumatoid arthritis are in the peripheral joints, but there is a wide systemic involvement in the body. Asha Nair was one such patient. By the time I met her, she’d been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for the past five years.

When she first walked into my room, the first thing I noticed was what I call a ‘moon face’. Her face was swollen and this told me that she was probably on steroids. Her gait was so unstable that even at that young age, she was using a walking stick. After introducing ourselves, she took a deep breath before she held her hands out and said, “Look at me, Dr. Siby. I can barely move.”

True, I could see that both her wrists and elbows were swollen. She could hardly move her fingers and they were slowly losing their shape. They were tender and her wrists were bigger. Her shoulder movement was strained and her hip joints were both tender and painful.

“Can you walk without the stick?”

Asha shook her head. “No, Dr. Siby. I can’t even stand straight. It’s very painful. See,” she replied and showed me that her knees and ankles were swollen.

“Alright. Let’s discuss this a bit more. How is your appetite?”

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Description: How often have you wished you could understand how your body works? In Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia, Vaidya C.D. Siby and Aneeta Sundararaj show you how. Through understanding the basics of the ancient medical system of Ayurveda, you will come to see how you can achieve and maintain good health for longevity. Far from being a textbook on Ayurveda, the elements of storytelling are used to feature some of the more common diseases among Malaysians. They range from obesity, thyroid disorder, diabetes, drug abuse and alcoholism to depression, cancer, stroke, eczema, psoriasis and subfertility. In each chapter, you will read about the disease, the common treatments the patient has undergone and how Ayurveda helped alleviate the signs and symptoms. An enlightening book, Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia dispels the myths surrounding this ancient medical system.


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