Travails of old age
THIS refers to Taru Bahl’s "The three musketeers" (April 6). Howsoever active and successful one may have been when young, age brings gloom and agony if one is left alone, physically ailing and helpless with no one to depend upon. Even children, for whose sake one may have undergone suffering, seem to ignore old parents, since they are busy making their own career and securing the future of their children.
In our country the concept of old-age homes has not picked up, more for social reasons than financial ones. Living in an old-age home carries a stigma of being dumped by one’s children. But the truth is that in old-age homes one not only gets better care and facilities but also is never without company.
With the normal span of life in India increasing, and the working couples becoming a necessity of times, NGOs and government should come forward to establish good old-age homes with a healthy and congenial environment.
VED GULIANI, Hisar
Kids need role models
Apropos of Kate Kalloway’s write-up (March 23) "Bringing up kids brightly", all parents have one goal and for them nothing is more important than raising a good child.
In today’s world, when acts of violence by children are widespread, the quest to raise a bright (moral) child takes on a new urgency. Psychologists say the way to raise a moral child is to be moral person yourself. If you are honest straightforward, decent and caring that is what your children will learn. Howsoever popular books may be they cannot be a substitute for parents as role models.
P.L. SETHI, Patiala
Boys and girls
Apropos of the write-up "Why some girls do not play with dolls", by Shrish Joshi (March 23), no doubt, we can make a girl look like a boy and vice-versa during early childhood but such a cover can’t last beyond a few years as the actual biological gender establishes its identity with time. It is nature which actually moulds a child through preferences for certain activities and social influences, to behave like a boy or a girl.
TILAK LAROIYA, SAS