Monday, March 28, 2011

When the sun sets....

The last few weeks have been equally hectic and thought provoking for me. My folks came to Dubai after a lot of cajoling. They stayed for all but two weeks, and were generally not interested in going anywhere because of the great deal of walking involved. And well buying anything here is expensive. The only thing free is the air or rather the air-conditioner! Everything else is charged. To the extent that even relationships with people come at a heavy price. When my aunt recently became a widow, she requested her children two living abroad, and one in India in a different city to stay for some time, none of them could stay. Not that they could be blamed. They had all become successful after they left their hometown , after all what could they expect by coming back to the hometown which gave them nothing to begin with anyway. So my aunt had to finally settle for the maidservant who had to be paid a hefty sum and who had to be treated like a queen. I guess I am going to land up in the same state after the age of 50 when I probably wont be able to work anymore. Except in my case I would most probably be a divorcee with no kids. I am beginning to think that maybe I should now spend my savings for a retirement home more than anything else. I would probably get more understanding from strangers than relatives and friends. This has almost always been the case with me. I wish they would start an old age home here in Dubai, as I dont really have any intention of going to India. But yes, then comes the question of affordability. So if there philanthropists planning to start an old age home , please think of starting one in Ooty or Kodaikanal. I would love to spend my old age there!!! The times I spent there were the best days of my life.......