February 20, 2007

Stress-Latest Victim Saif Ali Khan In Hospital


Kaveeta Kaul


Stress is the modern day equivalent of the plague in days of yore. It has swept all under its devouring shadow. The obvious difference being that while the latter was attributed to causes beyond control of the individual, the former, arose directly out of serious neglect towards factors which precipitate the onset of its often fatal ramifications.

Frankly, I was quite taken aback at the news of ‘chhote Nawab’ Saif Ali Khans mild heart attack. Firstly due to the image of the stars fitness( the snaps been chosen from among scores to prove the point) stories circulating to do with his exercise regimen. Secondly with the sequence of events. Reportedly Saif after having returned from a gruelling month long shooting schedule in South Africa, followed up with strenuous dance rehearsals for the ‘Stardust Awards Show” later that day. He complained of chest pain and was admitted to Lilavati Hospital, where doctors were quick to detect a small blood clot which has since been treated. Saif is well on his way to recovery, to be discharged in a day or so.

If he heeds the warning signs responsibly, (to begin with gets off those killer sticks pronto) then this apparently traumatic turn of events may actually prove to be a blessing in a forestaller for what could have been a major complication. Nature, imho, almost always, forewarns us of future catastrophes. It is we who either ignore the ominous warning signs, or arrogantly/immaturedly by pass the signals often with a ‘how-can-it happen-to-me’ or’ a ‘maybe-later’ excuse. Problems multiply as does regret.

Whats astounding is the number of stress related complications involving those in their 20’s and 30’s. Reasons galore..Nuclear families and their demanding nature in contrariness to the nesting, nurturing joint family of the past, where duties were divided, responsibilities shared, therefore stress halved as well. Today, freedom has brought on its responsibilities often too arduously. Added to it this: Now that a boy/girl has been exposed to the goodies of life and their availability only a grasp away, desires have found wings, the body sadly has not matched itself up to the flight of the mind.

If there is a single lesson I have learnt from my days in the Yoga ashram and also in Vippassana meditation camps, it is to remain grounded, to connect myself with the inner me on a daily basis, in peace and quietude, with an attitude of surrender and acceptance, with gratitude as its base. Somehow, I feel that most today, get caught up with their energies and their relations with the world outside their periphery, to such an extent that they lose contact with the source of positive energy..inner sanctum sanctorium. It therefore transforms them into a robot which has actions to do, albeit running on a battery with limited life and disconnected with re-fuelling energy..result is disastrous.

The purpose of highlighting this issue linked to a celebrity, is to emphasise on the fact that those who live a charmed, glamorous life, blessed as if with allegorical heavenly bliss, are not insulated from breakdowns of the kind. It debunks the notion of the jet set being engulfed in a protective bubble. All the more reason to bring in urgency in altering lifestyles which speak of high octane, adrenalin ridden, rushed for time, fatally ambitious, negligent to nutrition, defined by sleeplesness on one hand and lethargy on another, state of existence.

Our parents constantly reminded us of truisms like ‘ Kismat se zyaada aur waqt se pehle kuchch nahin milta’ ( You can never get anything before its allotted time and more than what fate has ordained for you).Remembering this at those crucial junctures where you push the envelope hurling your health onto the brink of disaster, might help in transforming “Karma’ into ‘Nishkama Karma’ ..Action wihout desire for fruit. It calms one and sets about a chain of reactions whereby the journey is all important, not the destination.

In fact is there a destination? I would tend to believe there is none..the transcience of life and inevitability of death, for how long will we play hide and seek with its veracity?



  1. We base our lives on models which either dont fit in presently or dont accomodate changes effectively..thanks for the reminder.

    Comment by Krishnan — February 20, 2007 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

  2. Theres a doctor friend who lives in my building, he is a heart specialist. The stories that he gives us makes one think. Acc to him, school kids today are suffering from hypertension. Girls are either too fat or too thin and end up suffering breakdowns. The corporate executive is troubled by his boss, who is troubled by his and so on. Its like a whole new culture, where stress is like given. We have forgotten how to live in this world..Re-orientation has to begin again. I agree meditation, yoga, a philosophy backed life is the only way out.

    Comment by dilip — February 21, 2007 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  3. Hi. Always nice to discover a new blog. And a blogger from Mumbai. I live in Mumbai too.
    Came here from wordpress forums.
    About Saif, well, Indians are more susceptible to heart attacks than other races. Lots of studies to prove it. I have written detailed stuff on this on my blog. About why we get heart attacks when we are young. While exercise is important, diet is critical.

    Comment by Nita — February 21, 2007 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  4. Yes nowadays the life is highly stressfull due to work demand or otherwise. Also business commitments are required to be fulfilled which results in more stress

    Comment by Dattaprasad Parab — February 21, 2007 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  5. Millions of reasons for billions of people. Live, enjoy if u can and die. Kya problem hai?

    Comment by Amar — February 22, 2007 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  6. @ Krishnan,

    All we have to do is live in the moment. No past baggage, future worries and a healthy respect for our body and mind.

    @ Dilip,

    It is the cry of the hour to tutor children towards a balanced way of life, as much as their academic coaching. They do learn by example..the home has to be one where those habits gain precedence which will nourish the growth in every direction.

    Hi Nita,

    So nice of you to drop by..welcome.
    Its sad really, India is the land of Yoga, sages, wisdom , ayurveda, and yet today we are among the highest rankers of heart ailments, Aids , Cancer. We have lost touch with our roots.

    @ Datta Prasad,

    True.. But I think setting aside half hour for exercise, whatever mode, and inculcating a disciplined lifestyle can offset tension filled life and its results. Otherwise it will be such a waste to fritter away what we have burning over what we dont.


    Koi problem Nahin hai biddu.. lage raho masti mein 🙂

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — February 22, 2007 @ 10:30 am | Reply

  7. very nice post. it;s so important for us to give time for our daily excersize and other activities.

    it is a must thing.

    Comment by anjaan — February 23, 2007 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

  8. Thanks Anjaan,

    Yes be a little narcissistic vis a vis health can sometimes be necessary or we can neglect ourselves to death..literally.

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — February 24, 2007 @ 7:55 am | Reply

  9. What a valid post. I enjoy reading the posts on this site and will be sure to return on a regular basis.

    Comment by Joanne Graham — May 7, 2007 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  10. Salam Saif bhai jan i hope good for im from Pakistan and u can count me one of ur most lovable fan who is inspired a lot from u god may give u power to fight against dangers and at last but nor the least Be healthy and become wealthy Allah hafiz.

    Comment by Mustafa — September 25, 2007 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  11. HEY Sexyy courgeous ive also wondered a life partner like u be good have good byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Comment by Malika Yousaf — September 25, 2007 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  12. tung a je mir je shum sexi a byeeee mmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Comment by bardha — January 24, 2008 @ 12:06 am | Reply

  13. un jam nga kosova nuk di gjuhen tende me vjen keq tung

    Comment by bardha — January 24, 2008 @ 12:07 am | Reply


    Comment by satya — March 18, 2008 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  15. Fitness comes from willness to be fit. I believe.

    Actors are meant to be fit all time as there is lot of competition. But one should not step in their shoes to be fit. Yes, one should exercise daily to be fit and today due to pollution and stress one land up with so many complicated sickness. “Be positive, Eat Healthy and remain fit is my mantra”.

    Comment by Irene Lobo — August 13, 2008 @ 10:51 am | Reply


    Comment by ATUL — September 16, 2008 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  17. oh my god.what a god:O

    Comment by afa — October 3, 2008 @ 4:53 pm | Reply


    Comment by RAHUL — October 24, 2008 @ 10:51 am | Reply

  19. to,
    Saif Ali Khan,
    I am from KERALA
    I am your very great fan. Keeping you in my mind as my friend.I would like to see you but how ….?

    Comment by mahesh — November 1, 2008 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  20. I am one of your sincere fan

    i love watching your movies

    I thought SALAM-NASTE was your best until i wath HUM-TUM

    U know what?????????????
    U’r the best INDI MOVIE ACTOR

    Comment by I am Egr. Adams from Africa, NIGERIA precisely. — December 15, 2008 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  21. oh my god ur one of my biggest fan

    Comment by anushka — December 20, 2008 @ 9:20 am | Reply

    • hi anushka it’s my orkut id if u join me by orkut plzzzzzzzzzzzz go to this

      Comment by amit — July 12, 2009 @ 1:40 pm | Reply


    Comment by EESHA ALI — December 29, 2008 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  23. I LOVE YOU

    Comment by seher — January 5, 2009 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  24. I love you

    Comment by surpa — January 28, 2009 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  25. saif ali,
    i am your big fan.twenty four houres your coming on my dreams ……………….
    please give me some solution…….
    i love you

    Comment by surpa — January 28, 2009 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

  26. Saif i’m yr most of fan.I’ve seen yr all film.But why don’t do any film with Aishariya.

    Comment by bulbul — April 9, 2009 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  27. iam biggest lover and fan of saif ali khan and iam from egypt 🙂

    Comment by feryal — June 23, 2009 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  28. Hellos for everybody from my country Azerbaijan and from me.i’m your fan .i love very much.i love u.bye,
    loves from me.You are very beatiful Saif ali it really you want to look like to Tarkan?TURKISH Popstar
    I love u.please aswer to my question.i kiss u.bye

    Comment by Azerbani girl — August 24, 2009 @ 1:10 am | Reply

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