‘Life Is Like Riding A Bicycle’

Saurabh BATTIN responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire. 

Your view on beauty?

I personally believe that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. I am into handlooms business. Whenever I see any hand-made product, with a minor misprint, I often find it beautiful, as I know and appreciate the focused effort the artist has put into its ‘soul’ — to producing an otherwise ‘beautiful’ piece. Well, the point is simple — if it would have been perfect, it would give us the impression of not being anything different from machine-made print. Most folks would find this allegory strange, also out-of-tune, or brusque mismatch. But, I believe that there is beauty in imperfection too. We, human beings, are imperfect. This makes each of us beautiful in every sense — no more, no less.

Your ‘take’ on fitness?

Fitness is far too important in our life, but this doesn’t mean going ‘gung-ho’ with the popular trend of joining a gym, or following certain special diets. I simply believe that for you to be fit, you have to have a regular healthy, active routine. Eat healthy food, have a good night’s sleep, and drink adequate water. Maybe, you’d take a powernap once in a while too. Besides, one needs to be mentally fit — no less. Remember: you should always keep yourself ready to learning new things, reading books, watching informative videos, or documentaries, to educating oneself, and not falling into the commonplace trap of fad diets, for one, or anything without inquiry.

Your view of health and wellness?

I reckon that our body automatically gives us signs, or signals, regarding our health. One should always detect, or look out for such obvious, or latent, signs and take the right action — pronto. I also think that wellness is the act of practicing and following healthy habits on a daily basis. It also includes meeting your friends, having a good chat with them, sharing their experiences, having a good laugh and learning to enjoying life to the fullest — and, in the best, wholesome manner possible.

Your ‘take’ on work-life balance?

Work-life balance is important in our life. This aspect is often ignored. I was, till recently, no exception to the rule, too, but I’m now gradually attaining a certain balance, while allocating a certain, dedicated time to work, during work hours, and not carrying office work home. We sometimes forget that all of us have a personal life, apart from office, or work, and this is where one needs to create a good artificial, yet workable, or doable, boundary. As Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Your mantra to beat stress?

My mantra is simple — meet your good, like-minded friends, and talk to them. Or, call them and speak about your stresses, or pressures. Sharing your stresses, because no one is exempt from them, always helps. Also, take pleasurable vacations, during the year, and never say ‘no’ to a holiday. It all helps — cumulatively.

SAURABH BATTIN, who holds a Master of Computer Applications [MCA], worked for a while in the IT sector, following which he joined his doting father in their family business — Dadar Handloom House [Vashi, Navi Mumbai]. His other interests include travelling, trekking, exploring new destinations, reading books on a host of subjects, making new friends and building long-term relationships with their legion of loyal customers, handloom/ethnic clothing fans and enthusiasts. He lives in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India.

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