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Old age home over orphanages.

Updated on September 5, 2014

The deserved leverage.~

This might come across many of you as a petty issue, but I think that it is a grave one. It’s not an agenda to strike a mind all of a sudden, because again, according to most of the folks, it is a petty issue which isn't worthy enough to be discussed or put up. I affirmatively, disagree.

This is not specifically a duel. This write up is orchestrated to convey that old age homes need to be given equal importance as orphanages, obviously, according to the proportions of the need of them. I am also going to highlight this fact that this hub is not only restricted to India. It is about the proper sustenance of both these misfortunate outcasts of the society and why the old people should get an edge. Besides, India has an orphan problem, having more than 20 million orphan children. India is a land of diverse cultures. The cultural ethics and values of respecting one’s parents when they really need help have suddenly seemed to have vanished. This comes as a shock to me and likely, every Indian too, would understand how we are bought up by our elders by the teachings of our holy books emphasizing so much on respecting the elders as a sub-ordinary to God, quite literally. India has adopted many of the western cultures. This is one of the some things I hate about the embracement of the western lifestyle. The times have changed, drastically, and people have started throwing out their parents to rot in this world at the time when they actually needed their children to accompany them in the last phase of their lives. Grand payback, isn't it? Still, India has a huge orphan problem, and no doubt, old age homes should come second in the pecking order. But, about 354 old age homes in a country with a population of 1.2 billion doesn't even seem eligible enough to be in the pecking order, and that’s sad.

Now, if everybody would have got exactly what they deserved, it wouldn't have been called a ‘cruel’ world. The fact that the old people who have bestowed so much to the society for innumerable years, gives them the leverage to deserve proper living standard with all the basic amenities all the more than orphans. Along with that, some hearty smiles and joyous moments before they reach the dead end of their lives. Don’t they want to enjoy their last few years with their loved ones? Yes, they do want it. But, as far as the uncompassionate result of their genes are considered, they are forced to live with strangers from that point to the point when they sulk off on their death beds. For once, give up the stereotype of children being 'cute' and oldies being 'creepy' and say it outright if you think you are being honest with yourself, that no, these useless geriatrics don’t deserve all that is mentioned above. These people who have served out countless years, in so many aspects, helping their children to propel through their different ages, with monetary and emotional support, giving a hand to the society with excelling in their respective fortes of work, and enlightening whoever shows up at their door step with all the wisdom and sagacity they possess, isn't all this enough servitude on their account to get the reward of living the scarce piece of life left with them in utmost well-being and peace? From where I see things, it most certainly is.

Not at all a duel.~

Like I said, it is not a duel, I am not taking sides. Both of these fraternities are doing humungous amount of good for some people who not as lucky as the others. Both of them earn my respect and everyone else’s too by what they are providing to the society. I just want to put forward my heartiest petition of showing concern for the old folks as much as for the cute little ones. It is, in no way of perception, a rivalry. Both of them are a collaborative effort at being the epitome of humanity, the biggest virtue of mankind.

Though, if a divine intervention struck me with money to establish an old age home or an orphanage, I’d go with the former one, any day. What can I say, I got a thing for the old folks and by all means, I think it’s convincingly legitimate.

Sentiments coming through.~

Seeing things from the sentimental point of view, I find it very hard to gulp down how parents of a person can be literally bashed from their own house like they were a liability on their children to be carried around till they finally hang their boots on life. If also people don’t really consider the relation between children and the parents, they could at least pay them back for the sake of gratitude in return of what all they have done for them. The very need of having sufficient old age homes makes me feel sick. But, that’s how the world is and you cannot change how the garbage smells.

Confucius, a Chinese philosopher once quoted: "Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator."

This man said these words a long, long time back. It is a shame that today, people in their old age cannot even put these words into action.

Golda Meir, former prime minister of Israel said these profound words: "Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do."


This seems sad but to an extent, true. In youth, the days are short, years are long, whereas, in old age, the days are long while the years are short.

Brainstorm this.~

You have money to set up either an orphanage or an old age home, what would it be?

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A snap from the famous Bollywood movie, 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' depicting a happy old age home.
A snap from the famous Bollywood movie, 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' depicting a happy old age home.

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