Age-old problems
Jaspal Bhatti

The row over the actual date of birth of the Chief of the Army Staff, General VK Singh, continues. Thank god for the fact that the General is not a woman, because then his age would magically get less and less every year. Secretly, I think that this could be one of the most important reasons for the Defence Forces to allow a restricted entry to women into its fold. Imagine, if a woman became the Chief of Army, then she would never retire at 60. Because even at 60, she would coyly still say, " But, Iím just 39."

Politicians, thankfully, are out of this purview of age. There is no age to retire from politics. The older they are, the better it is. Greying politicians with dentures and trembling knees are every cartoonistís delight!

But youíre as young as you feel. Some are old, yet look young. Some are young, yet look old.  A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch.

"I couldnít help noticing how happy you look," she said. "Whatís the secret of your long happy life?"

"I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day," he said. "I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise."  "Thatís amazing," the woman said. "How old are you?"

"Twenty-six," he said.