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Is there Life After Sixty?
By Jimmy Noronha
Jimmy Noronha, originally from Belloor, Bantwal, is now settled at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. In this article tries to highlight the fact that life after sixty is in no way less enjoyable than what is prior to it and it is far more relaxed.

May 28, 2013

Yes, of course there is life after sixty, as a matter of fact there is hardly any life up until one reaches sixty and it does begin thereafter. Prior to that, I tell you, your life is like a long winter, with all the avenues for leading an exciting life being shut off by diverse tasks of life, stretching right up to the time you retire.

Now look at the life I have had to go through! I was too busy. Have you or would you be kind enough to spare a couple of minutes with me? I want to say something and here I go.

You see, I got into this world at the dawn of 1941 and by 1947 another four of my siblings followed me – all girls - and then another two - boys and then another two – girls, by 1960 another two boys and that makes a balanced eleven – a decent relief team to CSK cricket team should it face the ignominy of disqualification!!

With so many siblings after me, my pre-school days were spent singing all the English, Konkani and even tulu songs and lullabies to keep them from crying and at times I too cried when they cried as I had too many little ones to pacify.

Soon I grew up to be a school boy. During the mornings I had a hell of a tough time. My two paternal aunts with a great religious bent of mind would disentangle me from my pillow, when the whole Bellore village was in slumber. It was I who was the sufferer, thanks to those religious aunts of mine making me trudge all the way to the church, tender as I was.
 
I was to accompany them to church, carrying in one hand a bunch of roses to Fr. Menezes, I mean to the altar, and an umbrella on the other, with my two aunts on either side, what a sight it was!! It was quite tantamount to a lamb being taken to the slaughter house!! I was so tiny that my tender legs would barely weigh my weary body and sleepy head to the church after trudging up the steep hill only to be welcomed by Fr. Marcel Menezes with a wrap on the knuckles for being late or whatever.

Soon I would slip into the altar boys’ attire and I would laugh to myself for being transformed so soon so saintly just by slipping into that attire and looking like a mini parish priest!! I would quickly steal a glance of my unwashed face into the mirror in the vestry and give out an equally quick chuckle, then like a good boy that I wasn’t, proceed to mumble all those Latin prayers that were at the tip of my tongue then but washed away by now, in answer to Fr. Menezes.

Returning home, my mom would placate me to guide the cattle to the grazing grounds and on return home, I would quickly gulp down that kanji, galmbo chatni and dried fish curry of the previous night, warmed to a thick paste in an earthen pot, that I detested then but now, give the world to relish it. My mom is a very kind lady still living now in her mid nineties.

Soon my high school and college days began. I would fail at times and then pass at times making my father blow hot and blow cold. I took science because my friend Albert said it is the best subject but it turned out to be the worst! I simply detested that mystery of chemistry and somehow finished schooling for I wasn’t cut out for science. Then my adult life followed. Just see what the hell I was going through up till then!!
 
My mother and others would plod me on to seek employment or whatever that brings in money. I hated this grumbling from so many in the house, I was confused, I simply ran away to Bombay - now, amchi Mumbai. That made some difference, I got a job, I kicked the job, got another job and kicked that too, for wherever I worked, some would like me and some would dislike me, and I could never manage to earn enough money to fill my mother’s diverse domestic needs.

I said enough is enough and then by hook or crook landed a job in the gulf and there I was again to see those same faces in the office, but only Lui was the greatest man on earth for me there. He has a great heart and he understood my plight. I was homesick, but Lui saved me. I loved his parties immensely. They were the parties like those of Great Gatsby to my rustic eyes -so to say. Lui, for me was the real Gatsby of Muscat offering generously the red and black labels (blue and green weren’t there) – a silver lining in my troubled life there. Curiously none of the other Mangaloreans would hardly ever be friendly to me. There were Lobos, Fernandeses, D’Souzas, D’sas and of course there was this rare gentleman Pinto. He was quite stocky in built, and had a heart of gold for a change.

Such was the turmoil amongst the Mangaloreans that an Arab colleague of mine once sniggered, that “You Mangaloreans, if there are three of you, there will be three groups.”. Groups were there and numerous at that.

Soon, by now, as was my wont, I kicked this job again and made my way home, sweet home and landed another job, and you know if you put on a bit of an accent and speak clean and difficult English that the person you are speaking to struggles to understand what you speak, I bet you end up landing that job.
 
This job was a government job at that. They pay you well for working not so much till you retire, and continue to pay after you retire for not working at all, and if you bite the dust, never mind they will continue to pay your wife too, so sweet, isn’t it?.

So, it’s great that now you are sixty and still get paid for doing nothing? It is only after sixty that you have some time to stand and stare and enjoy the beauty and the bounty that the good Lord has showered upon this good earth. You hardly have had any time to stand and stare and relax till then. You were completely mired in the diverse tangles and demands of life. And now that you are sixty you suddenly shift the gear down to one and feel the world around.

You know one thing, my children have all flown away to far flung areas of this wonderful world the good Lord made for you and I to live and love one another and now only my wife and I live in our house. Whenever my wife is busy in the kitchen I slowly scramble up to the dining table close at hand and ask for a cup of tea and in a jiffy she would come wearing a smile with two cups in hand – “one for you and one for me” and we both sit side by side and talk and talk and even laugh you know?

My neighbor Mr. Sahai, was working somewhere in some private health department that enabled him to acquire knowledge in medicines, and today he is Dr. Sahai well after sixty. What a lovely man he is. There hardly goes a day when I do not see him as I drive back home around 6 a.m. after my walk and the sight of Mr. Sahai walking leisurely with his wife is really exhilarating.

Many of us have heard about the American actor, producer, Mr. Clint Eastwood. I remember having watched his movie ‘Dirty Harry’ me holding clean hands of my then girl friend, now wife sitting by my side. Clint Eastwood is now 83 and he recently declared that he would go on producing movies until he is 104. Isn’t he a brave heart!

Right from birth up until you retire, you have so many demands of life: the studies, the job, marriage, make a home, get the children married, look after the aged parents (very necessary) and then overcome sickness and with all these matters to handle all through, you have absolutely no time for leisure, as these demands shut down all the avenues to relax and enjoy life. Till then life is like a long winter. It is only after this you step into a life of leisure and pleasure. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.

What does the poet say? Doesn’t he say that if winter comes, Spring is not far behind? So it is after sixty that real life begins so be happy and be merry.

 

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Clifford Cutinho, Bellore / Mangalore, now in USAMonday, June 03, 2013
Dear Jimmy Noronha,
Dear Publiser,
I had met Jimmy some time may be in early 70"s and have lost contact. I would like to personally talk and congradulate him for this article and enjoy our life after 60 (sixty ) I nay be little older than him by 2 years. Pl help to fecilitate this contact, and I will be greatfull.
Yours
Clifford Cutinha
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BILAL, RIYADHMonday, June 03, 2013
Is there Life After Sixty?
The answer depends upon the understanding of the meaning of LIFE.
So there will not me any uniform answer.
ONE WHO KNOWS THE REAL MEANING OF LIFE HIS LIFE CONTINUES EVEN AFTER HIS DEATH.
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Roshan Braganza, MumbaiSunday, June 02, 2013
The world is getting younger . Fourties is new twenties , sixties is new fourties . Its due to better lifestyle , healthcare , cosmetics available. Peaple are getting more liberal in their attittude and social beliefs. I have seen couple of guys in sixties getting married , that too with teens , not hollywood scripts , its happenings at our own backwards . Men who crossed seventies becoming enterpreneur and making big in life. On other hand when compared to youth of today , seniour guys have advantage of experience and patience , which young generation lacks . Creativity , postive outlook , Endurance increases with age , its like a ' mow zow ' seniors can relish upon!.
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Ajith, MangaloreSunday, June 02, 2013
Someone rightly said Retirement means death certificate with all benifits paid.Never think of retirement guys whether you are 60 or 100. As long as you can standup and work keep going.
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Renny Lobo (Rodrigues), Gurpur Kaikamba/Abu DhabiSunday, June 02, 2013
Very well written and interesting article to read Jimmybab. God bless you with good health, keep writing as I always look forward to read your articles especially when you narrate your childhood days... of Bellore (Gargal Noronha's).
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John DSouza, MangaloreSaturday, June 01, 2013
After 60 there is new life with full of energy and spirit – e.g. Mr. Narayana Murthy, Infosys
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jimmy noronha, Bellore, LucknowSaturday, June 01, 2013
When I first made the splash in the “Daiji” sometime around 2008, my caption read “Is there life after Gulf” and now after four years, the caption resembles similar to the first splash but the readers perception has gone way ahead and I am amazed to note that.
The readers presently do not shirk to express their opinion as they feel and that is wonderful indeed. The first comment was that there is no life after sixty, and somewhere around the middle, another went as far as to say if one lives beyond 60, one has to commit suicide, some aged around 60 felt elated and one of the readers wanted to express it with real 'warmth' and some have reservations as to how happy the life would be if no pension, no wealth and now no social security.
I am humbled by the depth of the readers’ views and not to shirk from saying a spade is a spade.
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geoffrey, hat hillFriday, May 31, 2013
There is life after 60 if one is blessed with enough health and wealth to take care of basic needs of life. In a country like ours where social security is unheard of, if one is devoid of both (h &w) then life could be real miserable unless one happens to be as faithful as Job in the Bible.
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Andrew D' Cunha, Belvai/LucknowFriday, May 31, 2013
Thanks Mr. Noronha for sharing your rich experience. I hope and pray that I will be able to live life to the full as you do after 60. I am getting there.
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ad, mangloorThursday, May 30, 2013
Life at 10 playful
Life at 20 colourful
Life at 30 careful
Life at 40 livable
Life at 50 respectful
Life at 60 re-tirable
Life at 70 wonderful
Life at 80 movable
Life at 90 hardly -able
Life at 100 remarkable
Life after 100 indeed notable


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Tony Crasta, Sydney/MangaloreThursday, May 30, 2013
You said it all Jimmy - the life started for me when I fully retired at 65. I have been travelling and persuing my other interests and it has been great. Of couse, llife for people with ill-health and not enough money, it is sadly a constant struggle throughout. By the way, nice article Jimmy. Keep writing and enjoy your evening years, as I do every moment of it.
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Joe Britto, Nakre/BangaloreThursday, May 30, 2013
Great Article..THANKS

Life actually begins at 60 !

But ....
After 60 yrs every month is a bonus
After 70 yrs every day is a bonus
After 80 yrs every hour is a bonus.
After 90 yrs every min is a bonus
100 yrs very very special.

So all those 60 make full use of the bonus time and give back usefully to Society all that you have learnt.
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f.l.fernandis., Detroit/bangaloreWednesday, May 29, 2013
Dear Mr Jimmy,
A very well written article.True!There is life after sixty.The life you spent since child hood is almost similar except since six years i am not having my partner.Even then my life goes better than before sixty.At present i am 75 years old.Recently i celebrated my birth day in U.S.with my daughter and their family.My son is with me in bangalore and is doing well.Both the places i am spending my time happily.Whatever you write it is too good to read.Real experience in life.Write your experiences now and then.It helps a lot.God bless you and your family.
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J.F.D'SOUZA, ATTAVAR,MANGALOREWednesday, May 29, 2013
Quite interested article. nice to read the contents about life after fifty. Of course there is life after sixty provided you are optimistic. Though one is aged physically mentally he should feel like a young man. Then only he can enjoy his life further. One who is pessimistic cant do it. Reaaly good article. Atleast after reading the substance many would feel relaxed and act like a young man.
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sunil, MangaloreWednesday, May 29, 2013
Well written and enjoyed reading and lots of foresight into living the twilight years . I am still not sixty ,have couple of miles to go and accomplish.
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flavian dsouza, chik/banagloreWednesday, May 29, 2013
Life until last few years of your life is glorious even after 70 !!!you should not be dependant on anyone for money and should have a good circle of friends with hobbies, travel places and do social service !!!so many things to do to keep you occupied .Ofcourse its important to stay fit and excercise.
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Joyson, MangaloreWednesday, May 29, 2013
Not everybody can enjoy life after 60.If god would have made people to live only until they can take care of themsleves after a certian age? It would have been good for everyone.
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Sonia, BhopalWednesday, May 29, 2013
What an awe inspiring article Mr.Noronha!Very true,sixty is the new thirty today.With so many responsibilities and the stress in life today ,after sixty is the time to relax and introspect,free from worries .With children all settled, this is the time also to visit new places with your partner and splurge without a second thought.Your life story is different ,you have come up the hard way!I would also like to qoute Robert Frost "Two roads diverged in a yellow would and I took the one less travelled and that has made all the difference"You took a different ,more difficult path full of hardships but now you can enjoy the rewards!Have a wonderful life ahead and keep writing such flawless and beautiful articles!
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juliet mascarenhas, bejai mangaloreWednesday, May 29, 2013
A warm hug and a tight kiss for your lovely article Mr. Jimmy Noronha.How true, how true the facts are. Of course, the true life begins after sixty. Reminded me of all the life that I went through until I was sixty exactly a year ago. The paes, galbi chutny and attaily kadi of those days.The days I used to run behind my father, who never used to miss the morning masses.After retirement I understand how beautiful the life is which we wasted slogging.Tho I am turning 61 I forget myself and dance with the teens as tho I am in sweet sixteen.I loved to read the sentence with a cup of tea in hand,'we both sit side by side and talk and talk and even laugh'. Not all are blessed with this.I salute the lucky one.
Like Clint Eastwood keep writing until 104.
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Anita DSouza, Mangalore/KuwaitWednesday, May 29, 2013
Very interesting and read through article Mr. Jimmy. 
I am in early 40's couldn't resist thinking of my life after 60's and was tangled with weird thoughts.. Your article seems to tickle many retired lot. But my doubt is  - Is it so pleasant because you are still with your partner beside you to share your past and giggle ?Will it be so fun if we are left alone without company.... There are many of course with not a single soul around them even to throw a blunt smile & just wishing for the great day  !
I was more astonished with your childhood, so challenging.. so interlocked & so engrossed with the cricket team.. 
Your Arab friend was very true in saying three Mangaloreans make three groups ... Very True .. We keep eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth with each other throughout the year...and in parties drink, eat & be merry together.. what a paradox !!
All the best for your retired life.. May  God bless you both with long & healthy life... 
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Agnello, Mangalore/MuscatWednesday, May 29, 2013
Jimmy, I used to think light at the end of the tunnel was of the oncoming train. But now that you have crossed the tunnel I too will tread the path. Thanks.
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Lancy, MangaloreWednesday, May 29, 2013
A nicely written article, which reflects the positive side of life after 60 years and instills confidence in minds of readers. Keep writing Mr. Jimmy, we would love to read more articles from your side.
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Molly Munro, Abu DhabiWednesday, May 29, 2013
Good Day to you and your wife… Mr. Jimmy. Another lovely article from your side to cheer the retiring people like me………so pleasant to read and heart warming. I was beginning to worry about what would be my life after 2 years as I will be completing 60 years then. I can now look forward to positive life despite going thru difficult and traumatic events such as birth, study, marriage, children…. widow… Will now wait eagerly for my retirement days to be happy and be merry like you. God bless you for filling me with hopes for my future.
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Kolanoor Mithra, Mangalore/MelbourneWednesday, May 29, 2013
Good one Jimmy, very good one and absolutly true.
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Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/BangaloreWednesday, May 29, 2013
Extreemly good article written on self experienc and the life upto sixty years and thereafter.Fully agree that real rest retired life starts after sixty.Before that you spend time in sloging to build the career and thereafter family.The commitments really over rule you before sixty years.Real life begins when you enjoy life,when you are free from major problems and when you at least can think of peace and comtentment.Hope,most will like this aerticle and thank you so much Mr.Noronha for the reminder to enjoy the life after sixty.
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Daniel D'Sa, Nitte - Karkala / Abu DhabiWednesday, May 29, 2013
Dear Jimbab, surely there is life after sixty and that life can be enjoyed far far better than before the sixty. At the same time it is well known and one should remember that to enjoy the life after the sixty we should have maintained the health in a reasonable way during the period before the sixty and also right from the starting of our life as adults. Your articles are always the real life pictures, dear Jimbab, and I am longing to read more and more articles from you. Prayers to God that He may give sound health to you both as a couple to enjoy the life ... Keep on enjoying the life and be healthy and merry !!!
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A I DIAS, BARKUR/MUMBAITuesday, May 28, 2013
There is no life after 60.
If we are still living we have to suicide ourselves.
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Sanjay, South AfricaTuesday, May 28, 2013
A very well written article. Today people are living longer lives thanks to medical technology.
However those lives can be better if one followed the simple things in live like live healthy, spend cautiously and respect and love family. Thanks again for a very timely article Mr Noronha.
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Allen, MangaloreTuesday, May 28, 2013
Very well written. I really loved reading. Please keep writing!
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Arun Noronha, Dubai/KarkalaTuesday, May 28, 2013
Jimmy uncle..."So it is after sixty that real life begins so be happy and be merry"..So true uncle..Very well written and now I am eagerly waiting to see my 60 ...Keep writing uncle..
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Henry George D'Souza, Mudarangadi/BorivliTuesday, May 28, 2013
Hi Jimmy,

I have just celebrated my 60th birthday last week. I read your article with great interest and felt as if you and I are sailing in the same boat. But I wonder what you are doing in Lucknow away from the best place in the whole world (this is my thinking)that is Mangalore. Anyhow, all the best to you young man after sixty and request you to keep on writing.
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Mark Denis D'souza, niddodi/Sharjah-U.A.E.Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Dear Jimmy,You are one of the blessed one,who has young heart and encourage the one who desparatly living not even reached 50,I enjoyed your biography similar to mine,I still to go find the light of the tunnel,But still blessed with health and living in Gulf since 1972,God bless you brother,keep writing.
Mark Denis D'souza
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Jawar D'Souza, M'lore/DohaTuesday, May 28, 2013
Very brilliantly written Mr. Jimmy I dont know much about life after 60 for I am not yet there. I think every stage of life has its own experiences, starting from the day you are born where you will a amuseser to other's whether you like it or not.Then come your childhood schooling day's, college, marriage, kids, watch them grow,retirement, grandchildren its all there, lets make good use of it.
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Anand, karkala/DubaiTuesday, May 28, 2013
Jimmy Sir, Very well written and if you struggle during initial stages of life, you will lead a pleasant life thereafter.
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Della Rego, Mangalore, QatarTuesday, May 28, 2013
Well written Mr.Jimmy. You have written about you, since you were a small young boy till now in such a way it kept me reading till the end of the article. Your writting skill is excellent. Wishing you more good health, peace and happy retired life.
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Ted, MangaloreTuesday, May 28, 2013
For most elderly people of the western world, life begins @65 as they start receiving their full pension transferred to a bank account in any part of the Globe, however for most Indians life ends at 60 as most Indians do not receive pensions and the ones who receive it can afford only 03 meals a day, as they have to pay their medical bills out of their hard earned savings.

It is common to see elderly couples touring foreign locations , but how many Indian couples over age 60 tour, Negligible i guess.
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