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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

old age tearjerkers

Tearjerkers of the Saas-bahu genre are on their way out. Modern day tearjerkers evolve around the lonely senior citizen whose children have moved to greener pastures leaving the elders to fight it out for themselves. That is the impression one gets through special editions of popular magazines that hit the market during Durga Pujas. Each of these masterpiece of the pen features the latest literary outputs of established authors and brings to the forefront the changing face of Society, the modified scenario in which elderly people discover themselves in and tries to suggest solutions to problems.

There seems to be utter confusion as to who earns the privilege of moving into this super deluxe niche - while one group has defined the age as sixty (the railways) others have designated it as sixty five (the airlines). It appears that all those who superannuate from active service are burdens to not only their families but also to society. On top of that, in their families there is no place or room for elders and old fogies. As a result, lonely couples find it hard to fend for themselves and fall easy prey to anti social elements. The crime rate (of murders and dacoities in flats of these persons) is on the rise irrespective of the metro involved. It is a global phenomenon – every day there are headlines of old people done to death for robbery, the culprits are usually the domestic helps or errand boys or youngsters who turn up at the doorstep and call themselves as members of the maintenance staff like the plumber or the electrician.

This is probably one of the reasons why old age homes have sprung up and why those with money prefer to invest it in creating still more such retreats. But, are all senior citizens really as helpless as they are made out to be?

In the place where I stay, there are any numbers of superannuated persons. That they lead lonely lives is to be expected. We meet during festivities and cultural programs like marriages, we exchange notes, we even joke as we used to ten years back. Yes, age is gradually leaving its mark but it has not been able to dampen the spirit in them in any way. Many of their children are settled abroad, they make occasional visits to meet them. Otherwise, they are at complete ease with the changed times. None of them have patronized any old age home! The point I am trying to make is that most of the novels that deal with old age problems are figments of the imagination. The topic has unlimited potentials for tearjerkers – hence authors seize the opportunity.

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