Penguin releases a new book by Nidhi Chawla and Reshmi Chakraborty
A book that takes a deep dive into understanding ageing, its impact on society, and how to overcome certain ‘hurdles’
Veena Iyer, aged sixty-six, got a degree in dance movement therapy. She is training to upgrade her skill and now runs various workshops.
B.R. Janardan, aged eighty-seven, started running after sixty and has sixteen full marathons under his belt.
These important stories illustrate the shifting narrative for ageing in India. They battle the ageism that is deep-rooted in Indian culture with fixed notions of ‘approved’ behaviour. Grandchildren? Yes. Pilgrimage? Yes. But companionship? Gasp! A second career? Why the need?
India will have over 300 million senior citizens by 2050. ‘Active ageing’ has become a popular topic of conversation in urban India and is the process of developing and maintaining functional activities as one gets older. Therefore, it is no longer uncommon to meet people like Janardan or Iyer in our fast-evolving society. We have an ageing society that is living longer and adapting to nuclear families, faraway kids and amorphous social support. Urban Indians are navigating health challenges, isolation and shifting social barometers to practise active ageing, the best form of preventive healthcare. Biological age no longer defines and limits us. After all, why should age prevent us from living the lives we want to?
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Nidhi Chawla is the co-founder and Business & Strategy Head of Silver Talkies. She has several years of experience in the financial services sector, having worked with SREI International Securities as well as McKinsey & Company. Nidhi has received several leadership awards for her work in the eldercare space and is currently a member of the CII Seniorcare committee. When she isn’t busy dreaming about the next big idea for enriching the lives of seniors, you will find her working out or flipping through three different books that are always on her table. This is her first book.
Reshmi Chakraborty is the co-founder and Editor of Silver Talkies, a social enterprise focused on active ageing since 2014. She has worked as a journalist for over two decades and continues to write for various publications. She believes in highlighting skill and initiative in older adults, many of whom are discovering new avenues at a later age. Reshmi loves to travel, attempts to read everything she can find and is trying in vain to get over her Netflix and Twitter addiction. This is her first book.