At the outset let me clarify – this post was not triggered by Aamir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate.
I was told that the participants were nicely picked up from their homes, put up in a nice hotel, treated very well, given gifts – and they were overall very happy!
Be that as it may, this post is about how people can be classified into a few buckets.
Bucket 1: Happy to go to a Old People’s Home:
There is a set of people who are very clear that they need to go and live in a old people’s home. Generally kids are abroad, or not in a position to look after aged parents – could be handicap, illness, or whatever reason.
Bucket 2: Claim to be happy to go to a OPH:
There is a set of people who will say loudly -“We have no choice, we have to go to a OPH”. They actually expect their kids to say ‘Oh Dad/Mom why should you go to a OPH we are here to take care of you’ – One of the parents told me “I looked after my parents during their old age, so it is my daughter’s DUTY to look after us in our old age”. He further justified it by saying “We did not put her in a creche, we brought her up ….SO she should”.
Bucket 3: It is YOUR DUTY to look after us: Even in this bucket I find people who feel that it is their children’s duty to look after them in their old age. Period.
Bucket 4: WE will live on our own, WE DO NOT NEED A OPH: Here is a category of people who will NOT live with their children, will not live close to their children, will claim that they can live on their own. This is not too difficult -but in a country which is NOT SENIOR CITIZEN friendly at all, this looks tough.
This note is not a criticism, just an observation about the people whom I have met. Frankly I do not have to take a public stand on how people should live and how they should behave.
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