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The perks of recreational asceticism

A person who goes on a financial fast intentionally deprives himself from a position of strength, for a better future

Zen and money: Financial fasting is a good way for people who can well afford not to go on a shoestring budget - people who have savings and do not struggle to put three meals on the table every day - to become more disciplined in managing their money. - FILE PHOTO

THERE is a fad that is going on in some wealthy circles. Every year, a businessman I know takes off to a little town in Japan and spends a week fasting. He does not eat at all. He just takes a plum extract three times a day to prevent hunger pangs. The aim is to live longer. The theory is that