What does ageing mean to you?
Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education: When you get older, the days seem to end too fast. You realise that life is a complex unwieldy interaction between people. You learn to listen to other people’s views. Talk less. Maintain relationships. Family becomes very important. Older role models have resilience, courage, a sense of spirituality and proportion, and find peace within themselves. They also accept that one day they have to go and meet their maker. If you experience this kind of quiet acceptance, you find that it is the only real way to be. Aging is a process where you try to make peace with yourself, find new relationships and new levels of happiness, of quiet and solitude.
Who is your role model with respect to aging? What is the secret to aging?
Rezwan Razack, Managing Director, Prestige Group: My role model is my older brother, Irfan. He is 69 but behaves and believes that he is 29. The secret of aging is that you don’t retire. You have to work till your last breath. I haven’t missed work in 50 years because of sickness. The bottomline is that if you eat right, have a regimented lifestyle and work well, you won’t have time to think of all your health problems. I have seen energetic happy people who hang up their boots. Within a short time, their thought process changes. The mind starts playing games. They complain of pains, headaches, chest congestion. Look at Biki Oberoi. He goes to work at 93. I plan to do the same.
What does age mean to you?
Anindita Bhateja, physician: We hear this all the time. Age is just a number. But it’s not. Metabolic changes happen all the time. We slow down. But what we have on our side is experience and the ability to get in touch with our inner self and a stronger mind. If we train our minds, we can train our body. I am 52 years old. Today I can do almost everything, albeit slowly. I can climb mountains, dive in the ocean, learn cycling, simply because I want to. So go ahead and do what you want. Don’t let age come in the way.