Shatayu: Nearly a century of wisdom and well-being
Profiles of nearly hundred year old grandmothers were compiled in the form of a book that was released by Honorable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on November 26, 2015. It was published by SRISTI Innovations Pub, 2015, in collaboration with HelpAge India Foundation, Honey Bee Network and NIF India.
The interaction with centenarians and those nearly so, has taught us many lessons. The societies which don’t learn from the wisdom of elders can’t aspire for a sustainable future. The ability to live longer with lesser material resources is one of the hallmark of their lives. Frugality, humility and fortitude have helped most of the elderly to live longer. Majority of them were also headstrong. Despite all the strains in life, majority did not have a complaint or ingratitude.
What can we learn from their lives :
A) When our elderly live long, we should draw lessons from their life experiences and pass these on to the younger generation.
B) We should consider them as moving libraries and special oral history project should be launched to document their insights in multimedia format.
C) Special centenarian clubs should be created among youth for visiting such centenarians regularly to make them feel wanted, music and dance club of colleges should perform for them; health clubs should get them checked.
D) The health experts can of course study the bio-medical aspects of those who live long so that lessons can be learned for guiding young generation.
Finally, we would like to say that all of us involved in the study consider ourselves specially blessed for having got the privilege of learning at the feet of our elders.
May the centenarians live long.
May the path of sustainable lifestyle shown by them be the pointer for modifying our own lives.
"Shatayu" released by Honorable President of India ShriPranab Mukherjee
We have talked to more centenarians than we could include in this book. Some of these profiles are available from the links given below:
Download Shatayu Book Click Here
Download Profiles in Gujarati Click Here
Download Profiles in English Click Here
All of you who are interested in gaining knowledge from such people or are aware of any centenarians please feel free to approach us.
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