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The Doctor Treating Patients With Laughter

In India, Charlie Chaplin continues to be popular—so popular, in fact, that there’s a whole fan club dedicated to celebrating and impersonating the famous comic actor. The Charlie Circle Foundation is the brainchild of Ashok Sukhumal Aswani, a doctor practicing ayurvedic medicine in the town of Adipur. His love for Chaplin began after first watching “The Gold Rush”—40 years and over 200 viewings later, he’s still laughing. Ashok is such a devotee of Chaplin’s work that he even prescribes his DVDs to patients as a way to raise their spirits. Sometimes, laughter truly is the best medicine.