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Hi-tech grandpa

He’s also tech-savvy and is comfortable using a laptop, a smart phone and an iPad. Photo: Vaishali R Venkat  

At an age when one wants to slow down and relax, S. Parthasarathy is on a renewed quest for knowledge.

He always has his nose buried in books and newspapers.

He’s also tech-savvy and is comfortable using a laptop, a smart phone and an iPad. He accesses news on these gizmos. He needs these technological aids, as he is almost always on the go, travelling from city to city. One of the founder-members of Ranganathan Centre for Information Studies, he travels to attend its seminars, mostly held at Bangalore. He is also on the academic council of the Hindu Higher Secondary School, Triplicane, and a part of the Board of Governors of MOP Vaishnav College. “I mingle and move with young blood on a daily basis. This keeps me full of life,” he says.

When free of work, he visits his family in Delhi and Bangalore.

“I have no time to think about my age. If you are intellectually healthy and busy, the body will support you automatically. It does not need any special care,” says Parthasarathy, who lives alone and does all the household chores, including cooking and cleaning.

He makes it a point to walk to the grocery, temple and the bus stand. “I walk at least three km a day,” he says. If he travels by any vehicle, it is either a bus or a train.

Our conversation is interrupted by an e-mail alert. It’s an invitation to attend a seminar on digital libraries in Hyderabad. “I must attend it.” he says, smiling.


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