Helping Hands

Subir Kumar Chakraborty retired from the West Bengal State Electricity Board more than a decade ago. But it took him a while to discover that the secret of ageing gracefully was to embrace life, and not fade away. He had some savings and didn't want to be a burden on his only daughter. So every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, he comes out of his house in the posh Hindustan Park in Kolkata and goes to Dignity Foundation, an NGO, and follows his long-time passion-singing. Chakraborty is not a lone case.

At a time when a lot has been written about senior citizens languishing in old age homes or living at the mercy of children who have little time for them, there is a strong sentiment among organisations that work for senior citizens to make them independent. A United Nations survey says that the proportion of the elderly in India's population will rise from the present 82 million to 177 million by 2025. By 2050, one in every four Indians will be a senior citizen.........Click for more



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