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When Yoko Ono, now 85, sought advice for 'us' to heal and 'shine'

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08.02.2019

“On every grain of rice
Its eater’s name is etched
But on each drop or draft of wine
No signature, not even mine
Can the hand of destiny entice
Wine to be a fatal canvas stretched.”
From Tinder is the Night by Bachchoo

Most people give advice freely and no one takes any notice. Some follow professional advice because they’ve paid for it — but even then, it’s often said that if you don’t like your lawyer’s advice, change your lawyer.

After an operation my British consultant surgeon advised me to drink in moderation. I asked him what “in moderation” meant and he said “less than your doctor!”.

My grandfather used to say “Do everything, but do it in moderation.” I don’t think he’d thought it through. His “everything” surely didn’t extend to, for instance, sex with camels or moderate doses of heroin. His advice, if followed, might have led to certain degrees of contentment and a balanced existence — but then life’s temptations, as Adam found out. are more compelling than even God’s injunctions.

I thought of old grandpappy (or Mamawaji as we called him in our Parsi household) when I read this week that Yoko Ono, the partner of the late John Lennon, had tweeted for some advice.

Tweets, I believe, though not being a subscriber to the service I may be wrong, can only be addressed to the number of people who access them from a particular........

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