THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: “You are 92 but still strong and keep going with all that vigour. We are at our 60s. We don’t know whether we would reach your age. As that is the case, what are the things we should care for? What is the secret behind your health?” These were the questions posed at veteran Communist leader V S Achuthanandan by NDTV co-founder and executive co-chairperson Pronnoy Roy.
Pronnoy Roy had reached Malampuzha to interview VS ahead of the Assembly poll result day on May 19. He was also accompanied by his wife Radhika (Vrinda Karat’s sister) and prominent journalist Sekhar Gupta.
VS replied thus: “Strong mind, Simple food and Good Exercise.” This reply is said to have made Pronnoy Roy also a fan of this most revered Communist leader in India.
During the last one and half months of election campaign, VS travelled 3200 metres. He didn’t take helicopter for his journey. He vigorously spoke in 150 venues including 70 big general meetings. Others who accompanied him looked exhausted but not VS. He didn’t discontinue his routine exercises. When he caught cold, he inhaled steam and defeated that also.