With a few exceptions like army and security forces, retirement age in India is normally 60 years in most of the cases. This age onwards is generally considered to be the fag end of life. Earlier when retirement age used to be generally 55, the life expectancy was 60 years of age which is now 70. That was the time when people at the age of 40 and beyond were considered to be the old men. There was nothing like the address as ‘Senior Citizen’ in use those days otherwise they could have been called as such only. Now an Indian is considered to be fit and smart till the age of 55, in certain cases it could be even 60. On retirement, an Indian has to undergo two set backs –one that he has to call it a day to his otherwise an active life as a serving employee, and secondly that he/ she is branded as an old person with an implied sarcasm of, say good for nothing. Some, even including the retired people themselves, call it a life on day today basis forgetting that there is none in the world, in whatever bracket of age, to survive an eternity for life.
There are many who take their retirement as an altogether a new chapter of life with newer challenges. They rejoice such a new phase of life instead of feeling morose in some manner or the other. Ratan Tata took his retirement only some time back feeling so hale and hearty telling that he is enjoying his new avatar of life like any thing much away from the till now humbug of a most tiring a daily routine of the work. He is planning to harness himself to a cause of some social work for the poor in the rural areas of the country. Some role model like this with a mission of service to the people can very well be the approach of the retirees. The problem with the retirees is that they start to wear the look of an abandoned lot psychologically which is not a proper frame of mind. Mentally and also physically they can cope up with the changed scenario in their life once they develop necessary will for the purpose. They rather have a bigger advantage of their experience and expertise both commanding love and affection from their juniors. One can see to it in practical terms that romance of life doesn’t dwindle with an advancing age, it rather enhances. Much depends on the persons concerned as to what mode of life they opt with a will to adhere to it.