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I am sure all of you must have come across articles featuring the feel and the healing touch of our hands..Palms to be more precise..How our two tiny little hands, help us out with our day to day activities and stories of  having the healing touch or having held a baby so dearly, but have you ever wondered about our Feet???Ok, let’s not make this hands versus feet thing or an essay, on the importance of feet!! This is just to remind us of how important our two marching soldiers, carriers of our enormous frames are treated by people…The scenarios…

Take the example of an overweight person..Running! Jogging! Skipping!! In order to reduce his/her tummy, arms and bottoms, but putting the most pressure on his two feet!! Just to get his flab moving and wobble around a bit, but who takes the brunt of it all?? His two tiny feet!!! Which devoid of any fat yet, is subjected and succumbs to the countless skips and endless jogs…

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Ever thought about the hawker or the fruit vendor who loaded with an entire cart of goods moves from house to house, lane to lane, selling his wares and indirectly taxes his poor feet, which do their duty silently and enable him to travel without spending an extra rupee and help him feed his family. The same goes for the cycle rickshaw pullers or the hand cart pullers who, for a meagre sum, cycle/run around with kilograms and kilograms of human weight, piled up in their rickshaws…

Spare a thought for our very own house maid, who walks miles and miles every day, sometimes twice a day, so that our houses are all spick and span, running up and down our stairs drying clothes,  fetching water, watering our plants, mopping, cleaning, everything! Up and about on her two feet, which are always utmost cracked and fissured, resting and finding comfort in her torn and umpteen times mended rubber footwear…

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Ever wondered about the  bus conductor, who mounts and dismounts several people in a course of a day, through the many trips the bus takes, to and forth, between various destinations. In spite of having a special seat reserved for him, he readily offers his seat, to the women or the elderly passengers boarding his bus and moves about on his two feet standing for long durations which ultimately subjects him to pain in the form of varicose veins, all for what?? Selflessly helping!!

Ok, now this may sound more of a medical journal but could not help noting it…

The curious case of the chronic smoker, who not only harms people around him and his lungs but also subjects his feet to chronic pain and severe cramps over a course of time, setting off a chain reaction involving his arteries or the uncontrolled diabetic  who cries over a lost toe..Who takes the pain?? The feet!!

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What about the new born..?? First the nurses, then the parents, then the relatives, all first lookout and count the number of toes and fingers and cringe if the baby is found with a missing toe or an additional one, any one of which, if, god forbid the baby had, would subject the parents to trauma and the baby to endless tests to rule out genetic conditions.10 toes!! A pretty number! Happy parents and a smiling baby!! That’s what everyone wants..

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Ok, Imagine ourselves, walking on the beach, our feet sinking into the smooth sand underneath or just standing and watching as the waves splash us and retract back, sinking our feet even more deeper or the ‘N’ number of times as a child, we demolished each other’s sand castles or ran away every time the waves approached us or the times we mimicked the crabs, walking sideways or bent occasionally during play or on long walks to collect shells pricking our feet…

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Finally, take the case of us Women…Oh!! Who wouldn’t love to get pampered and looked upon on?? And if it involves pampering our feet, even better!! So, it is not as if the feet are always subjected to torture and pain. Credit goes to us women for the invent of pedicures (which the men folk are increasingly getting interested in these days) the splurging involved??? Now that is another story!! 🙂  Nothing compared to a happy and scrubbed feet!!

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They say a man is judged by the footwear he adorns, then what about his feet??? Which embrace his footwear irrespective of being bought from a big show room for hundreds of rupees or off the footpath for a hundred rupees!! Aren’t they (the feet) entitled to a little love and affection too?? So, a little pampering of our own personalised chariots, a little care, an occasional scrub and lots of love to our twinkly toes and bingo! We are up and about on our HAPPY FEET!!!

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