Every life has a beginning and an end. Experiences in the first few months of life can have an impact on our lives to the very end. But your choices in the middle make you who you are.
“To be happy is your fundamental right,” said Dr. R. Murali Krishna, author of a new book, “Vibrant: To Heal and Be Whole — from India to Oklahoma City.”
While many feel life is so competitive, so fast and so restless, Krishna is different from others.
He intersperses his joy, sorrow and hardships with life lessons and shares his lessons for a happy and successful life through his book “Vibrant.”
To write it, he partnered with Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group, who was editor for the book.
“Vibrant” is available in bookstores and online.
But realizing the importance of this book, The Greens Country Club has arranged a tennis and table tennis tournament on Saturday, an event that combines one of Krishna's first loves — Ping-Pong — with interest in his new book and support for Integris Mental Health, the organization he leads as president and chief operating officer.
It is rare for a country club to promote a book like this, said Suzanne Laelle, the club's tennis director.
“This tournament is an opportunity to support the efforts of Dr. Krishna and increase the awareness of the stigma of mental illness. As a fitness facility, we recognize the importance and well-being of the whole mind, body and spirit,” she said.
Ping-Pong played a very important role in Krishna's life in India, he said during an interview.
At the age of 15, when he had just been admitted to medical school in India, the Ping-Pong table caught his attention. He ran for the table. Upper classmen held the paddles and young Krishna was shut out.
He was so disheartened that he didn't sleep for three nights.
Then suddenly he remembered one of his grandfather's teachings: “All the problems start from within you and all the solutions will emanate from you. It is about how you view the world. You can't change them, but you can change yourself,” Krishna said.
So in the next morning he set out to better his game.
He started to train. It took two years for him to reach championship level in Ping-Pong, and he earned the respect of his peers.
Now at 64, Krishna is a famous doctor and is the co-founder and president of the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit in addition to his role at Integris Mental Health.
He has received many international awards for his efforts to help people. But he has not forgotten his grandfather's lessons.
So on Saturday, Krishna will return to his love of table tennis.
The tournament begins at noon at the Greens, 13100 Green Valley Drive, and Krishna will sign his new book. Entry fee is $25 per player, per event. For information, call LaBelle at 751-1094. All proceeds benefit Integris Mental Health.
Sultana Israt Jahan is a visiting journalist from Datka, Bangladesh. She is among a group hosted by the University of Oklahoma who are spending time with Oklahoma City-area media outlets to observe and learn.