Who ever coined this proverb/ saying should be congratulated, firstly because the person apparently didn’t believe in growing old mentally and for all I know must have practiced his own dictum and most importantly was not an Indian! I say so because we love to talk or discuss about one’s age and retirement, which means being inactive the rest of one’s life. Journalists are known to ask celebrities the inevitable question (they seem more concerned about Sachin’s retirement than the player himself).
The other day at a religious discourse being conducted at a relative’s residence, I noticed a little girl, hardly three prancing in her silk lehanga and choli spontaneously greeting every one with ‘hello aunty/ ajji/ uncle/thatha’. She appeared to decide for herself the suffix she was using for her greeting at which we were all amused. This pleasant gesture of hers made me wonder how many of us return or acknowledge if someone smiles at us just because either we do not know them or that we were not introduced to them! At the same time we admire Americans who spontaneously greet even a total stranger irrespective of where the person happens to meet him/her, be it on the road, supermarket or an elevator!
n.meera raghavendra rao