Sau Sal Nahi, Sau Pal Khushi Ke Jiyo

geri-robotYou greet an elder with respect in India and he or she would say (or at least used to say) “Sau Sal Jiyo”  (Live a Hundred Years). Every language in India has an equivalent of this blessing, though some  may consider it a curse today.

Is long life desirable at all? Will not many people welcome being able to end their lives if it could be done painlessly, quickly and without causing any problem (other than emotional) to others? Should  euthanasia be legalized?

These questions, especially the last one, keep popping up every now and then. Courts have been approached several times to allow either euthanasia (mercy killing) of people with incurable diseases or suicide by those who feel death would be merciful to themselves and those

A  ‘Geribot’ to care for the aged?

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Outhouses on the First Floor

old-age-home-in-bangaloreThe very few who responded to my  yesterday’s post, ‘Coming of (Old)Age in India‘ could be divided into two groups with opposing views.

One is shocked with children neglecting or even abusing the parents who nursed them from infancy. They are sad about                                                  the elders being kept in old-age homes, abandoned or put to sleep.

The other group feels that it is nothing unusual and that the modern youth, with both Continue reading Outhouses on the First Floor