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Updated: September 23, 2012 00:56 IST

Age is just a number

Dhananjay Rangachar
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Fauja Singh crosses the finish line at a race in Toronto.
Fauja Singh crosses the finish line at a race in Toronto.

In the game of life, we understand neither our entry nor exit. During the first half, we enjoy life, take challenges, fight for survival, sustain burden, spread love — one way or the other, we enjoy the game.

As the first innings draws to a close, most of us drop the shackles, give up the fight and eventually enter the world of loneliness, seldom thriving to survive. As our time ticks away, the feather of our wings falls apart. Happiness, bliss, carefreeness, excitement are always at bay.

But time and again in this so-called conditioned world, we come across a few jewels who take the world on their heads and give it a rip.

Fauja Singh, a native of Punjab, at the age when people start retiring, thought of running (he was 63) and today he has unbeatably crossed the century. Yet he is running strong.

In 2011, he participated in the Toronto Waterfront Full Marathon successfully in 8 hours 11minutes. In this ripened age, he never stopped adding feather to his hat. The recent one being carrying the 2012 Olympic torch.

This past week, I swam for 20 minutes as per my friend’s advice to burn the extra kilos. I felt very exhausted once it was done. But at 63, Diana Nyad swam 163 km for about 60 hours to achieve a magnificent feat of crossing the strait between Cuba and Florida, that too without a protective shark cage. Will power is another name for the motivation of these people.

“Age is just a number, passion is eternal”

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Life is gods greatest gift Every moment should be purposful DESPAIR AND DESPONDENY SHOULD have no place Determination of the age should be by quality of life rather by calander alone

from:  Dr v p mahajan
Posted on: Sep 25, 2012 at 22:05 IST

Well written, DJ:) Keep it going.

from:  S Sharma
Posted on: Sep 23, 2012 at 20:57 IST

The "number" the columnist ascribes to
Age is just the number of times earth
goes round the Sun;suppose the speed
of Earth slows down,will Age change!
2. In fact medical research has it that
the various organs of the body 'age'
differently.Hence,some have a heart
attack at even 30 Some otherwise
strong,develop kidney problems.
So on and so forth

from:  Dharmeshwaran
Posted on: Sep 23, 2012 at 11:20 IST

Though the article "Age is just a number" by Dhananjay Rangachar is a simple and short one, it emphatically conveys the vital message that even advanced age cannot be an impediment to our being active. As the title itself suggests, age is merely a number to all those who have the right mindset. The cases of entenarian runner Fauja Singh and 63-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad, referred to in the article, are just a couple of examples, for creating an urge in the readers to emulate them. It is a laudable effort.

from:  K.D.Viswanaathan
Posted on: Sep 23, 2012 at 07:53 IST

Fauja Singh is an inspiration to the young and not so young. May he go on and on.

from:  Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: Sep 23, 2012 at 01:15 IST
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