SUNDAY MAGAZINE

On reaching 50

"The imminence of irrelevance?" made joyous reading. Shashi Tharoor, with his usual wit and humour, takes the readers along with him in crossing the age of fifty. So long as the writer can contribute such articles describing the various aspects of life humorously, he need not either be frightened or discouraged of reaching the 60 mark. S. Nallasivan,
TirunelveliThe article made the reader aware of the challenges that would be faced by him/her after reaching 50 years.It is indeed true that choices that are not made before the 50s are no longer available after. People should contemplate over the matter, which the author speaks of in the article. And he deserves appreciation for his thought that "Birthdays are to be celebrated with gifts to the mother as congratulatory reminders of her accomplishment". T.Kumaran,
TiruchiShashi Tharoor's introspective article should be a source of hope and inspiration to all people on the other side of 50. As he points out, life still offers much to look forward to if we do not run out of questions and strive to keep learning something new every day. M. M. Mathur,
DelhiUnlike his previous columns, Shashi Tharoor has tried to portray his own life at the age of 50. It is welcome that he concludes with a ray of optimism and a fond hope that many things can be done before attaining superannuation. Incidentally, juxtaposing Tharoor's article with S. Ramchander's "Retired but not out" (Magazine August 21, 2005) makes interesting reading. P.M. Gopalan,
Sturtevant, the U.S.Forty is the old age of youth and 50 is the youth of old age. Whether you are 40 or 50 or 60, what matters is how young you are in mind. There should be no ageing process for the mind. K.Pradeep,
Chennai