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You only live once

When the Indian airlines, decides, in a carefully worded directive, that it wants to ground members of the cabin crew above 40, we need not take this as a flight of fancy.

india Updated: May 11, 2007 00:19 IST

Early retirement? A dream come true for most of us. If any company wants to put people over 40 out to pasture, well, we are not complaining. After all, the 40s are, for most of us, the time when we go through our mid-career and mid-life blues. Most of us would love to call it quits but our bank balance acts as a deterrent. So when the nation’s airline, Indian, decides, in a carefully worded directive, that it wants to ground members of the cabin crew above 40, we need not take this as a flight of fancy. Yes, discussing anyone’s age is not politically correct, but if one were to be told that a handsome golden handshake was coming one’s way, who would not want to take it easy in the prime years of one’s life? Perhaps every person’s dream of doing something after his or her own heart would come true and no worrying about the bottomline at the end of the month.

In the West, people have been up in arms at being made to work well into their 60s. This, of course, is because of an ageing population. Here we have no such worries. We are the youngest nation in the world. So the earlier each of us retires and vacates a post, the better for the young and restless. Long ago and far away, anyone caught engaged in leisure would be looked down upon as a parasite. No longer. If you can afford it, today’s dictum is that you put up your feet and be the envy of your working compatriots.

Many of us have been brought up with the idea that an idle mind is the Devil’s workshop. Well, let’s not be too shy about all that now. God knows that far too many people are keeling over in their prime from the sheer stress of having to work too hard. So, don’t hold back on that Caribbean cruise if you can splash out for it with your early retirement benefits.