Laughter is the best medicine
“5:57”, the boss said.
“We’ll walk for another 3 minutes and then run”, I replied.
The boss looked at his new 6610 uttered few words and started jogging. I understood it was 6.00 and by 6.17 we have to reach the other end of the beach which is almost 3kms long. (We have been jogging since a week and the mission has never been accomplished.We have never reached the other end forget the target of 17 minutes) We have consistently been crashing at the end of the 12th minute or so. With not even an ounce of energy left we try hard like a 80 years old man to take small steps and walk. Ultimately, we reach the place at 6.22.
“Shareer ko”, a very manly and energetic voice is generated by someone from a group of people in a circle which is just few feet away from us. We turn our half dead faces towards them wondering what and whom did the guy yelled at? We walk a little more towards them and sit in a garden like place where people are smiling watching the group.
“Dheela Chodo”, everybody in the group now follows. After few minutes we understood that these people are trying to feel light and imagine as if they are floating in air.
“shareer ko dheela chodo” means “Let your body loose”. This hint was more than enough for us to understand that this was the Laughing Club.
Among them is a huge well built man with very big and thick mouchstache having those perfect serious types south Indian Police officer looks. Actually he also looked like a villain of one of those vijaykanth movies. There is another guy, white (not fairer)version of senthil (the famous comedian).
“ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”, everybody in the club started to make sounds which would frighten others. Simultaneously, they tried hard to bring horrifying looks on their faces. Faces of everybody sitting lit up and even we start laughing. The energy was gushing in. Even the actors burst into laughter after their 3 year old kid act of trying hard to frighten people is over.
And now the origin of laughing clubs:
Dr. Madan Kataria of Mumbai decided to find out whether or not “laughter is the best medicine.” He gathered together a group of patients and neighbors to meet daily to laugh. After a time, Dr. Kataria found that the participants experienced improved health and decreased levels of stress. Thus was born across India the phenomenon of laughing clubs. Since then, clubs have spread to Europe and to the United States.
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