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'To be happy is your fundamental right,' says Oklahoma City author and doctor R. Murali Krishna

Dr. R. Murali Krishna, author and doctor, will help host a table tennis/tennis tournament at The Greens Country Club while signing copies of his new book, “Vibrant.” Playing Ping-Pong was one of his first loves as he entered medical school in India.
BY SULTANA ISRAT JAHAN, For The Oklahoman Published: April 29, 2013
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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.