‘Don’t stop learning’

Manoj Kumar and his family. Picture: MATILDA SIMMONS

IF there’s one thing I noticed about Manoj Kamal, it’s his constant will to learn something new.

From being a bus driver, a mechanic, herbal healer, an avid gardener, a Justice of the Peace and a vehicle inspector (his current job), he’s always out to gain insight into whatever fields that capture his interest.

As we chatted, the 47-year-old revealed his plans for investing in land and properties.

“I like to do a lot of things that interests me. “I am not very good at speaking English, but I make the effort to do something new to improve myself and others around me,” he shared.

Born and raised in Barotu, Ra, Mr Kamal moved to 9 1/2 miles Nakasi in 1991. He is one of the old faces of the area and is well known among residents.

He saw the many developments in Nakasi and knows too well how the subdivision has grown.

“Nakasi was so quiet back then. We could count the number of houses from the main road to here which was 105. Today it’s in the thousands and vehicles would pass by every hour or so. “Now, it’s almost every second. I never thought Nakasi would grow into a huge subdivision — I mean it’s almost a town now with all the malls, cinemas, and banks.”

How he became a herbal healer, Mr Kamal shares a personal experience that plagued him back in 2015.

For many years, he suffered from gout, a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream.

He was bedridden for about three months, but despite the pain, he endeavoured to learn about the disease and figured out his own diet.

Then he started dabbling in herbal treatment and connected with similar herbalists both in Fiji and India. It was the first step towards healing.

“My uric acid level was up to 1044 milligrams which was too high. The minimum range is 400.

I have managed to lower my uric level to 300 and I am proud that I have managed to beat this disease.

“When I come across patients living with either gout, gangrene or bypass, I advise them on nutrition, it’s the biggest help but of course they have to get opinion from their doctors.”

Apart from his many trades, he loves to plant organic vegetables and has even ventured into sandalwood farming.

“My advice to people out there is — don’t stop learning about new things, always have a business mind and learn to give. I noticed this trait among the iTaukei people.

“They will share the last of their meal or whatever they have with you and you see they have food on their land, fish from the sea, they are rich in natural resources because God has blessed them. “I have attested to this. When I have more than I need for my family, I will share it to bless others.”

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