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'Indian namaste panacea for all ills'

Veteran actor Albert Brooks feels that adopting Indian mannerisms could promote a much healthier life in the US.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 13:55 IST

Veteran actor Albert Brooks who also lent his voice in hits like Finding Nemo and Dr. Dolittle, insists that adopting Indian mannerisms could promote a much healthier life in the US.

The actor shot most of his eye-opening new movie Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World while travelling through India and Pakistan, and he's convinced common ailments would not exist in his native America if everyone followed the subcontinent's rules.

"It is the most polite society that I've ever been to. I don't know if it's dealing with the British influence, but I think some of their customs should be practised everywhere. There are no shaking of hands; they put their hands together in a prayer position and bend. I really am totally into that now," he was quoted by Contactmusic,as saying.

"I carry this Purel hand sanitiser with me and rub my hands constantly because I've been reading about the bird flu that's taking hold of America. It makes so much sense not to shake hands," he added.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 10:00 IST