GUWAHATI, Nov 8 � One can aspire to live for one hundred years if one strictly follows four basic principles of temperance in eating, regular exercise, strict abhorrence from all kinds of alcoholic drinks, overeating and regular sleep for seven hours every day.
Together with these, one should have full faith in the will of God and should learn how to love nature and humanity.
This was observed by Dr Keshav Chandra Bardoloi while replying to a felicitation offered to him by the Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association (GSCA) and Octogenarians� Club of Guwahati on the occasion of his completing his 100th birthday.
Dr Bardoloi was the second graduate of Assam to have been able to receive public ovation in completing hundred years.
Terming the felicitation as one of his happiest moment in life, Dr Bardoloi said that his most memorable moment was when he served the cholera-afflicted people of Golaghat district in 1941.
The function, held under the presidentship of Prof Mahesh Bhuyan at the Samannay Kshetra at Mathura Nagar today was attended by a group of elderly persons, including a few nonagenarians and about 30 octogenarians, besides general elderly people, youth and children.
DN Chakravartty, president of GSCA and general secretary of the Octogenarians� Club, while congratulating Dr Bardoloi on his 101st birthday, said that Dr Bardoloi would be a role model and would continue to inspire succeeding generations of Assamese people to lead a purposeful, dedicated and contended life.
Tabiul Hussain, Dr Jayanta Das and Prof Bhimakanta Konwar, while congratulating Dr Bardoloi on completion of his �century�, expressed the hope that the new generation would also learn the technique of leading a disciplined life from him.
Indrajit Bardoloi, eldest son of Dr Bardoloi, said that from his early childhood till his present age of over 60, the brothers and sisters and other members of their family had learnt the art of living and also the importance of discipline � both in thought and action � through him (Dr Bardoloi).
The programme began with a chorus presented by the students of Barnali Sangeet Bidyalay under the guidance of Krishna Lahkar Bardoloi.
Prof Bhuyan in his presidential speech hoped that God would spare Bardoloi for some more years to serve society in the spirit he had displayed so far.