But who cares at 61

No, it is not about depreciating Indian Rupee. I seriously think there is little left to discuss about it. But here I would like to share another concern that pervades so many lives around us. And surely this one can be addressed, surely.

I am deeply troubled when I see old men and women working hard on streets to earn their living at an age when they are supposed to relax and reclaim their life.

It is very common to spot…old men pulling cycle-rickshaws, selling fruits/vegetables, working at construction sites etc. Then there are those who work as helpers and servants…serving young population…what an irony of fate.

As an adult, it is acceptable to see somebody lead a painful life to earn his/her living by facing hardships and undergoing all sorts of sufferings. Circumstances, attitude or even some tragic mishap might push people in utter poverty and disdain. Both body and mind are prepared to take all shocks in young age. 

But it is sheer ignorance and lackadaisical approach of the children of these poor old parents, that reduces their worth to that of a laborer. Some neither have children to look after. Nor do they get shelter in any old-age home. 

Where do they go, what do they do in that case, how do they feel when they see other grand parents spending time with their grandchildren?… No life. No living. Simply survival. And a ghostly wait to see the end of that pitiful journey. 

This is not a ‘western’ culture where government, with all its challenges, prioritizes one thing. That one thing is supporting retired old men and women to lead their lives with dignity and respect. To hold their hand before their hands hold hammer or spade.

But does anyone care, back home? 

Surely falling rupee is a cause of concern. But money goes down and money goes up. I wish that was the case even with our age. 

Unfortunately, time never comes back. Surely not for those who missed ‘golden moments’ in this one and only one life.

Author: anilkshatriyablog

I work as Assistant Professor in the area of Accounting at IMT Nagpur. I love teaching, writing and cycling. I follow a simple principle, 'Help ever, hurt never'.

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