Retired life–a curse or a bliss?


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.

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13 thoughts on “Retired life–a curse or a bliss?”

  1. Sir, my I know the retiring age of the politicians,who are having the control over the country and are not in a position to have the decision on the national as well as international matters.

    Rajkumarnegi

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    1. You are quite correct in raising such a question. Politicians, super boss as they are, or pose to be as such, have no upper age limit. This they prescribe only for others. My thanks for your meaningful comment.

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  2. Sir What is retirement? Generally nay essentially it is co-related with the stoppage of income or salary of a person engaged in a job. After that he has to wait for the end day of life. No one knows about the longevity of life. In our culture there is no provision of retirement as the entire life is divided in four parts ie Brahmcharya, Grihasath, Vanprasath and finally Sanyas. So for the Karmyogies retirement is nothing but only a change of role occurring in life. Vanprasath paves for the Sanyas. Now who is the sanyasi? The Sanyasi is one who loves all the creatures and works hard till his last breath for the needy and destitute. Sir you are example before us who can say you retired even after two decades of superannuation.

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  3. I THINK IT ACTUALLY DEPEND HOW ONE TREAT OR TAKE HIS RETIREMENT. AT LEAST I AM ENJOYING MY RETIRED LIFE FROM STATE BANK OF INDIA TO THE FULLEST LIKE ANYTHING. IF YOU INVOLVE YOURSELF IN SOCIAL WORK, AND KEEP YOURSELF BUSY DOING GOOD WORK FOR OTHERS, LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST MORE THAN 20 YEARS, THERE IS NO RETIREMENT IN LIFE.

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  4. The price and cost of living dictates, that I can never contemplate retirement. I suppose, eventually I will lose the strength for working? In the meanwhile, I stay happily self-employed. Keeping fit and enjoying a small social life. I feel more liberated to speak my mind, since the only employer I am required to avoid offending; is myself. Although my living standard is reduced, I am much happier with being a mature citizen.

    Financial planning was never my long suit. Since I could never really see the value of material gain. I stil trust to the care, of a higher power. While I have some equity after 50 years in the workforce. I could never plan for “retirement”. Or even contemplate the idea, of paid perpetual vacation. Good luck, to those who do.

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