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3 April, 2021


 In November 2020 I attended two birthday parties. Both were very special to me.   

Twenty years ago when I settled in Sena Vihar, on an evening walk my eyes met with a dignified elderly lady. As if by instinct we both walked across the road towards each other. I wished her addressing her as Madam. She wished me to address me as “Twinkling eyes.” From that day till today, we remain Madam and twinkling eyes to each other.  Both being regular walkers we met every evening and exchanged pleasantries. By and by we became good friends. What I found astonishing about Madam is that she always, every day, had something nice to say about all of us in Sena Vihar. To her, every single person in our colony was wonderful, owners, residents, staff. This trait in Madam keeps her happy and well. She never talks about her past. It is always the present and the future. 

Madam completed one hundred years in Nov 2020. The birthday party started sharp at 5 pm. There were twelve of us in all. At seventy-six I was the youngest. She was standing there straight and upright as a pine tree. The atmosphere all around was cheerful. It was apparent that all of us were very fond of her. We all made much of her and happiness glowed on her face. On popular request, she sang a song for us, a song we will cherish forever. 

Sena Vihar has brought me a lot of happiness. But undoubtedly the biggest treasure I have found in Sena Vihar is my friendship with Madam. I have learned from her that happiness, peace of mind, good health comes from within ourselves. Thank you Madam for teaching us all how to live.

The second birthday was of my grandson Parth who completed ten years of age on 27 Nov 2020. A difference of over nine decades between Madam and Parth. Maturity on one side and innocence on the other. Parth’s birthday party with the shrieks of joy from the children running all around brought home the exuberance and innocence of youth. The joy within their hearts. The palpable similarity between the two birthdays was the true joy and happiness both enjoyed and spread to all those around them. 

In the humdrum of everyday life we often lose sight of the pleasures of life – Live, Love and Laugh. As the years add up the physical vision gets clouded but the inner vision awakens bringing back to us the pleasures which we had once enjoyed in our childhood, the pleasures of innocence and being able to see and enjoy the joy of life. The silver years have a lot to offer. It depends on us to make the most of life as the years go on.

Thank you, Madam and Parth for bringing me back once again to the joys that life can offer. 


Written by Brig PK Chakravarti (Retd)

Writes and speaks on life and attitude

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