They are not bric- a brac, after all! ( Based on 21th August, World Senior Citizen’s Day) – Kunal Roy

পেশায় কলকাতার জর্জ গ্রুপ অফ কলেজেশের সহ অধ্যাপক, ইংরেজি বিভাগ। দীর্ঘদিন ধরে লেখালেখি করছি। বিভিন্ন ইংরেজি পত্রপত্রিকা ছাড়া, ওয়েব পোর্টালেও লেখা প্রকাশিত হয়েছে। বিদেশের একাদিক স্থান থেকেও লেখা প্রকাশিত হয়েছে। রামকৃষ্ণ ইনস্টিটিউট অফ কালচারের ইন্দোলজি বিভাগ থেকে পুরস্কার প্রাপ্ত। ইতিহাস, পুরাণ, কবিতা, সমাজ বিদ্যা ইত্যাদি বিষয় আগ্রহ আছে। অনুবাদক হিসেবেও স্বীকৃত। এর সাথে আমার এক কপি রঙিন ছবি পাঠালাম।
Years before when I was in school, I read a short story named, “The Boss came to the Dinner” by Bisham Sahani. The story attempts to depict the way the old people are treated at home by others, especially by son(s) and daughter(s)-in- law. The emotive tones of the story still move me a lot and make me think of the reasons behind such an inhuman act! Besides, solitude, depression and dejection are their friends forever! A little care, a little love can easily melt the situation and aid them to be a part of our generation!
Every year, 21st August is celebrated throughout the world as ” World Senior Citizen’s Day” in a befitting manner. The UN data state that by 2050, 20% of the world population will comprise senior citizens. And it is a fact and not a fiction. Realising the importance, the UN took the initiative to make the globe comprehend the importance of the old people and their devotion & dedication towards the society, once upon a time! Various non government organisations also make an arrangement of programmes for the people aged above 60 years to keep the factor of boredom at bay for the day! They are also offered with flower bouquet and other gift items as a token of love & appreciation. Later the same situation returns and they suffer the same fate! Infact it is worth mentioning that awareness is not going to work unless we harbour a sense of respect for them! “Old age is a regret”, and we make it more owing to our sense of ignorance and negligence!
They are not old fashioned articles nor furniture. They do deserve a place among us. They should also share the dining table with us. They do have the right to opine or decide. They do have the right to scold us, to show us the proper direction of life. They donot deserve to be shut behind the doors and put up with reprimands. Instead humanity which is the greatest of all the teachers should adore them. However, it is not to be forgotten that the ‘house’ remains incomplete without its ‘roof’. A little crack can completely snatch the sense of security from us. They are not sentinels but their presence beefs up the security without any grain of doubt. Nothing is lost if we love them, hug them, take care of their needs and sacrifice a part of our mundane existence for their goodness, for their happiness, for their contentment. Getting old with wrinkled facial echoes, gnarled fingers, feeble muscles, poor vision , shaky limbs forms an inseparable segment of the nature’s policy. Something to ponder upon and not condemn brazenly!! Any explanation?
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