Quality, not quantity of life, matters, feels Sulabha Deshpande

While the world is raving about her progressive, loving mother-in-law role in Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish, actress Sulbha Deshpande is yet to catch the film and see it for herself.

"I have been so busy with prior engagements, with my work, with my theater Aavishkar," says the lady. In town to anchor a 'Friends of Fortis' on World Arthritis Day on Friday, Deshpande delivered a talk on knee replacement, the benefits and life before and after it.

"We realise it very late in life that our bodies are mediums that need to be looked after for if we are fit, life is fit and fine. We end up ignoring, procastinating, and suffer. I did too till I got my knees replaced," she narrates her journey, how she had given up the thought of working and running her theatre because of the chronic knee problem.

"I had to choose - either give up everything I had worked for or overcome my fears, and make the life changing decision," Deshpande says she has been given a new lease of life post her surgery.

"Our knee bear the burden of the body, the weight is on them and they need to be looked after," she says. For her, it's quality, not quantity of life that matters. Working since childhood, her focus now is on running a professional children's theatre and Aavishkar, her organisation along with her dance drama, Durga Dhali Gauri.

Meanwhile, Thursday saw popular Hindi poet and humorist Surendra Sharma talking on humour as a great medicine at the meet. Slamming current day movies as 'frivolous', Sharma felt that the films produced earlier used to be 'meaningful'.

"There are exceptions, of course," he added. "I saw 'Oh My God' and I really liked it. We all should be religious from inside. There is no point of doing prayers on one hand and on the other hand not being religious from inside." Sharma says he lives for today. "I believe we shouldn't spoil our today for a better tomorrow. Try doing that, you will really start enjoying every day of your life," he advised.

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