Thursday, October 22, 2020

Bareilly – Nostalgic Memories

Today  I was pleasantly surprised to see a comment on a blog I had written 12 years ago of my nostalgic memories of Bareilly – where we lived around 50 years ago in the 1960s and 1970s.

Here is the blog once more...

Memories of BAREILLY
Childhood Memories of the 1960s and 1970s
By
VIKRAM KARVE


One winter morning, more than 12 years ago, maybe in 2008 or 2009, while on a walk in the misty hills of Girinagar near Pune, with my pet dog Sherry, I don’t know why, but while I was admiring the glorious spectacle of the sun rising from behind the mighty Sinhagad fort, suddenly, out of the blue, my mind harked back to my childhood days and I was filled with nostalgic memories of my days in a place called Bareilly where I lived for a few years in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

I mentioned this to my evening walking partner Kapil  who told me that he too had lived in Bareilly.
 
Later in the evening, to continue the Bareilly connection – my darling wife also recalled her days in Bareilly in the mid 1970s.

Quite a coincidence, isn’t it...?

So, I thought, why not hark back 50 years in time to those memorable days, tickle my memory, and write a few lines about what I remember about Bareilly. So  I wrote about those memories of my childhood in my blog. Here is the nostalgic memoir once more  for old times sake.

And hey, dear reader and fellow armchair traveller, I am talking about Bans Bareilly, mid-way between Delhi and Lucknow (and not the other Bareilly east of Lucknow, the celebrated Rae Bareli).

TRAVELLING TO BAREILLY

Those days, in the 1960s, at least for me, it was quite difficult to reach Bareilly, but since I loved travelling by train, I thoroughly enjoyed the rather long railway journey with many interruptions for changing trains on the way.

From Pune, early in the morning, we caught the Deccan Queen to Mumbai, got down at Dadar, walked across to the Western Railway, took a local to Mumbai Central, and put your luggage in the Cloak Room. Then you took a train Churchgate and spent a lovely day enjoying the delights of Mumbai – a movie, good food, window shopping on Colaba Causeway, a stroll on Marine Drive at sunset, a quick dinner – and then returned to Mumbai Central to catch the Frontier Mail which left around 9 PM at night.

Next evening, around tea-time in the evening we got down at Mathura Junction for catching the connecting Metre Gauge train to Bareilly.  There was a long wait at Mathura Railway Station. Mathura was a busy station and while our parents relaxed in the waiting room, we kids pranced around the platforms and over-bridges watching the trains go by, hauled by black smoke-bellowing steam engines – trains like the blue coloured Taj Express from Agra to Delhi and other express trains heading south.

After dinner we crossed over to the Metre Gauge North Eastern Railway platform to catch the Agra Fort – Kathgodam Kumaon Express which would reach Bareilly junction early in the morning. I remember once we had a terrible train accident in the middle of the night near a station called Rati Ka Nagla when the train derailed at high speed and were rescued from our coach which had toppled over.

My journey during my school holidays to Bareilly all the way from Lovedale near Ooty was really long – four nights and five days – the toy train down the Nilgiris to Mettupalayam, the Blue Mountain (Nilgiri) Express to Chennai (then called Madras), a day loafing in Chennai, the GT Express to New Delhi, a full day window shopping in Connaught Place in Delhi, the late night Lucknow Mail from New Delhi which reached Bareilly around 2 AM, then wait till dawn to catch a cycle rickshaw to Izatnagar where we lived. And if you wanted an even more ardous journey the you could travel by the Delhi – Bareilly passenger which chugged along at an excruciatingly slow pace and took all night.

Bareilly was an important Railway Junction, where metre gauge and broad gauge met, the main line between Howrah and Amritsar and the metre gauge network from Agra to the east, the hills and the loop lines. I remember the decent refreshment room there and the Railway station was an important landmark in town.

BAREILLY CLUB

We stayed in the outskirts of Bareilly Town, near Izatnagar, and every Sunday we would drive down via IVRI, Shamatganj and Civil Lines to the Bareilly Club, where we would start our day with a swim in the covered pool. Then the elders played Tambola while we kids read books in the Library and this was followed by a delicious lunch of Chana Bhatura. Yes, dear reader, this was the place which introduced me to this scrumptious delicacy and Bareilly Club, in those days, served awesome Chana Bhatura – soft luscious Bhatura and yummy lip-smacking Chana with a sprinkling of fresh onions, corriander and green chillies. (My wife tells me that when she lived in Bareilly a few years later, she too was a regular at the library, swimming pool and games at Bareilly Club and even won the May Queen contest held at the club). I wonder if the Bareilly Club is still as beautiful and lively now as it was back then, around 50 years ago,  and do they still have the Tambola and Chana Bhature routine on Sunday mornings.

MOVIES

After lunch we went for a movie. I remember seeing my all time favourite comedy film Padosan at the Old Novelty and then Johny Mera Naam and Mera Naam Joker at the renovated Novelty cinema – and Purab aur Paschim and Inteqam at Jagat, Pehchaan at Imperial, Sawan Bhadon starring Rekha and Navin Nischol at Kumar – and I think there was a cinema theatre called Hind also where we saw a Rajesh Khanna movie called Joroo Ka Ghulam. I really wonder whether these old world cinema theatres exist now or have they been replaced by swanky multiplexes like in most other places...?

FOOD

Those days, the most posh restaurant in Bareilly was Rio. At Rio’s the food was superb – I still recall that Rio served the excellent mutton dishes like Rogan Josh, Do Piaza and Korma and a yummy Chicken Masala too. I think they served continental cuisine too as I have fleeting memories of having relished melt in the mouth Chicken a la Kiev. I faintly recall savouring tea time snacks at Rio too – sandwiches, pastries and cold coffee, but maybe I have forgotten. Then there came along another restaurant called Shadows but I do not have distinct memories of the food out there. In the heart of the city there were places which served mouth-watering delights like samosas, jalebis and chaat.

BI BAZAAR and OTHER PLACES

For our favourite books we went to the London Book Depot in BI Bazar which had some other shops and, I think, a bakery too where you got delicious non-veg foodstuffs like patties, cold meats like ham, salami and snacks.

My small sister and her friends travelled all the way across town from Izatnagar to Maria Goretti School located in Bareilly Cantt in a cycle rickshaw and later I too ventured out on my new Atlas bicycle to the city and various picnic spots like Ramganga bridge etc. There was the famous WIMCO match box factory, and Camphor, Turpentine, Chemical factories at Clutterbuckganj and a Tomato Ketchup Plant where you took your tomatoes and they made fresh ketchup, kasaundi and sauce for you.

The nearby hills of the Kumaon, nestling the beautiful hill station of Naintal, beckoned in Summer, and they said that you could see the snow clad Himalayan peaks on a clear day.

That’s all I remember about the Bareilly of yesteryear, etched in my memory, the Bareilly of the 1960s and 1970s, around 50 years ago. A lot of water has flown down the Ramganga since and I wonder how the city of Bareilly is now. 

Do the places mentioned still exist? Or has everything changed. Will someone be so good as to enlighten us…!

PS - I did not find a Jhumka in Bareilly ke Baazaar...!!!  Did you...??? 

VIKRAM KARVE
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This blog post has been posted by me a number of times in my various blogs including at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.com/2012/03/bareilly-yesteryear-memories.html  and https://karve.wordpress.com/tag/bareilly/ and http://karvediat.blogspot.com/2010/11/bareilly.html etc

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Technology Impact Assessment – How Technology affects Human Life

 Around 25-30 years ago  in the early 1990 I wrote a series of articles on TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT. 

Here is an abridged version of an article on the Ethical Aspects of Technology Management – How Technology affects Human Life – the pros and the cons of Technology...

HOW TECHNOLOGY AFFECTS HUMAN LIFE
An Essay
By
VIKRAM KARVE 

DEFINITION OF TECHNOLOGY

In our everyday lives, most of us use a number of words that we assume have a universal, agreed-upon, and accepted meaning for all people in all contexts.

Often, the more frequently the word is used, the more we take for granted that our usage is the only possible usage of the term.

One such popular word freely bandied about and very much in-vogue jargon now-a-days is “technology”.

Let us explore the meaning of the word “technology”.

The word “technology” comprises two parts – “technikos” & “ology”

The historical derivation of the term technology comes from the Greek word technikos, meaning “of art, skillful, practical”

The portion of the word ology indicates “knowledge of” or a “systematic treatment of.”

Thus, the literal verbatim derivation of the term technology is literally “knowledge of the skillful and practical”

However, this definition is too general in nature and we have to transcend this narrow view of technology since every technology starts from a human purpose, from the intention to satisfy some human need or behaviour.

Indeed, technology is the manipulation of nature for human purpose – yes, manipulation of nature, so let us use a slightly different definition of technology.

We will define technology as the knowledge of the manipulation of nature for human purposes.

This definition retains the notions of both knowledge and practicality (human purposes) but adds the new concept of manipulation of nature.

This implies that all practical or technical skills ultimately derive from alterations or manipulation of nature.

Technology depends on a base in the natural world (Science) but extends the natural world through the phenomenon of manipulation (Engineering).

Since we want to manipulate nature, the ability to predict what nature will do when manipulated is most useful, indeed imperative.


ETHICS OF TECHNOLOGY

By our very definition, technology manipulates nature for human purposes.

Technology manipulates nature.

Man is a part of nature.

By manipulating nature, man manipulates himself.

Thus, technology manipulates man, influences, even governs human behaviour, and in turn impinges on societal behaviour, traditions and culture.

Technology is an entity that intervenes in the life of human beings in multifarious ways, directly or indirectly, trying to alter behaviours.

Thus, Technology has an Ethical Dimension.

The very raison d’etre of technology is human purpose.

What is the fundamental purpose of human life?

Is it to increase standard of living?

Is it to improve quality of life?

Or is it to have greater satisfaction in life?

We can distill all these various aspects into a single holistic concept:

VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE

Thus, the cardinal aim of technology is to enhance the value of human life.


TECHNOLOGY and the VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE

Let us define the value of human life as the balance or ratio between satisfaction or happiness and pain or suffering.

VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE = HAPPINESS/SUFFERING

In the context of this definition, the ultimate purpose of technology is to enhance the value of human life, with a long-term perspective, by maximization of happiness and satisfaction and a concomitant reduction or minimization of pain and suffering (physical, mental and emotional).

As a generalization, people want a better life.

A better life may usually mean things like freedom from want, access to and possession of at least some of the “non-essentials”, comforts or luxuries, good health, a reasonable life expectancy, the absence of emotional stress, satisfying human relations (resulting from gratifying work experience and meaningful interpersonal relationships), intellectual stimulation, and personally rewarding leisure activities.


HUMAN NEEDS and VALUES

Human needs and values change through time as technology advances.

Man tends to accept the fruits of new technology more readily (satisfaction, pleasure, happiness, comfort). 

However  he is reluctant and slow to accept changes in his personal life.

Thus, social and cultural changes always lag behind technology causing a mismatch and disconnect which consequently leads to unhappiness, dissatisfaction, pain and suffering (emotional) and concomitant lowering of the value of human life.

A crude but practical way of classifying human values is to divide needs into those that are essentially physiological and those that are psychological.

Most new technologies cater to the physiological aspect by performing DangerousDirty, or Difficult jobs – the 3 D’s – thereby enhancing the value of human life.

As regards the psychological aspect  an example pertaining to Information Technology (IT) may be in order.

Information Technology (IT) caters to two unique categories of psychological needs of humans:
 
Cognitive Needs – which refer to the human need for information so as to be ready to act or make decisions that may be required, and

Affective Needs – which refer to the emotional requirements of human, such as their need to do challenging work, to know their work has value, to feel personally secure, and to be in control.

Undue emphasis on cognitive needs and consequent neglect of affective needs may cause emotional pain that counterbalances the gains from technology and this may be detrimental to the “value of human life” as a whole.
 

TECHNOLOGY IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Effects and Consequences of Technology

In our haste to milk technology for immediate economic advantage, we often lose sight of the long-term consequences: the higher order and indirect effects, especially the delayed and unintended effects of technology.

The Sorenson multiple effect network methodology is a useful technique for an analyzing the impact and consequences of technology.

Let us introduce the term malefit to represent harmful effects and consequences of a technology in contrast with benefit as a useful output.

We may categorize the consequences of a technology (Effects versus Consequences) as:

EFFECTS versus CONSEQUENCES

(i) First Order Effects  Benefits

(ii) Second Order Effects – Direct Malefits

(iii) Third Order Effects – Indirect Malefits

(iv) Fourth Order Effects – Unintended Malefits

(v) Fifth Order Effects – Delayed Malefits

Such analyses definitely help in assessing the impact of various consequences of a technology on the value of human life in the long-term perspective in holistic manner.

Early identification of factors detrimental to the value of human life may prove useful in technology impact assessment to reduce mismatches and smoothen out incongruities.


CONCLUSION

We must not lose sight of our basic premise that the cardinal aim of technology is to increase the value of human life by maximizing happiness and minimizing suffering.
 
Ethical Technology Management comprises a harmonious blend of rational thinking and empathetic understanding wherein one studies, analyses and mitigates the conflicting interplay between human cognitive and affective processes.

It may be apt to conclude with a comment by RM Pirsig, who states that:

“The way to solve the conflict between human values and technological needs is not to run away from technology. That is impossible. The way to resolve the conflict is to break down the barriers of dualistic thought that prevent a real understanding of what technology is…not an exploitation of nature, but a fusion of nature and the human spirit into a new kind of creation that transcends both”.

VIKRAM KARVE
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DOING NOTHING

One of my young friends – a Naval Officer – he is “swallowing the anchor” and retiring from the Navy today. 

I am re-posting this article for him. 

By the way  Dear Reader  my talent for “Doing Nothing” is helping me immensely in these depressing “stay at home”  COVID Pandemic times. 

_____________

AM I A “FAILURE” (aka “LOSER”)...?

A few months ago days ago – in January 2020  before the COVID-19 Lockdown – we had a Navy Veterans Get-Together in NDA Khadakwasla Pune. 

I met many of my erstwhile Navy Colleagues and Shipmates – all Navy Veterans – some Senior to me – and some Junior to me – in Service and Age – but most of them were Senior Citizens. 

When I interacted with them – I realised two things: 

1. Everyone else was a “Success
 
– 
I seemed to be the only “Failure
(aka 
 
“Loser
)

2. 
 
I was the only one 
 
“Doing Nothing” 

Let me dwell on the second point – “Doing Nothing”.

Many of my fellow Navy Veterans were busy with their “Second Innings
”.

Most of them said that t
 
hey were 
working (or had worked)  after retirement in various careers. 

A
ll had “Success Stories
”. 

M
ost had “succeeded
” in the Navy. 

Many had “succeeded” 
 after retirement from the Navy
  
–  in their post-retirement second careers in the civilian world. 

I seemed to be the only 
 
“Failure
” 
 
– a consistent “Failure
”. 

Yes – I had consistently “succeeded” at “Failure – both  before retirement (in the Navy)  and later  after retirement (as a Navy Veteran). 

Yes – I seem to have a talent on “how to fail consistently ”. 

Am
ong my fellow Navy Veterans – I am probably the only one who excels at “Doing Nothing”. 

____________

DOING NOTHING

During our Navy Veterans Meets – or whenever the meet me – many Officers 
– serving and retired 
 
– they a
sk me the same 
 quintessential question:  

“What are you doing after retirement...?” 

And 
 I give them the same answer
  : 

“Nothing. I am 
doing nothing
...”
   

Hearing my 
truthful answer that I am 
doing nothing
  
after retirement
 
– they seemed perplexed. 

With a look of disbelief on their faces 
– they ask me: 

“But 
– how can you 
 
do nothing
...? 

Sometimes 
 
– in jest – I say tongue-in-cheek: 

“I practised 
doing nothing
” when I was 
workingThen 
 – 
 
I used to 
do nothing
” in uniform. Now 
– 
do nothing
” in 
“civvies” (civilian clothes)...!!!”

A few years after my retirement 
 
– I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from one my students – a Scientist. 

I had taught her at IAT Pune in 1985/86 (at the Post Graduate Masters in Engineering level). 

She was now in a Senior Position in a Research Laboratory and she wanted to invite me to deliver a lecture. 

“Actually 
– after retirement – I am quite out-of-touch with state-of-the-art” technologies...” I said, honestly. 

“Sir – please hear the topic...” she said, mischievously. 

“What topic do want me to speak on...?” I asked her. 

“The Topic is: How to Enjoy Retirement...!!! Sir – we want you to speak on “How to Enjoy Retirement...” she said, “I have been following you on Social Media and I read your stories on your blog. I particularly liked your your blog post on 
doing nothing
”. I can see that you are really enjoying retired life. We have organised a seminar for Senior Scientists of Work Life Balance and I have scheduled your lecture as the Keynote Address – Sir – you have to come and speak...

My lecture on 
 
“How to Enjoy Retirement” 
 was well received and appreciated. 

By the way 
– a few days later 
– 
after hearing about my lecture (and reading the same article) 
– 
a
  
“Head Honcho” of a premier organisation invited me to deliver a lecture to his senior executives on “The Art of Retirement”. 

Word about my lecture spread 
 – and I got frequent invitations to deliver this lecture on 
“How to Enjoy Retired Life”. 

Ha Ha 
 
– it seems most people do not know: 
H
ow to 
 
“Do Nothing” 

Dear Reader: 

I am posting below
  the 
 article 
 
titled 
 
“Retirement” means “Doing Nothing” which motivated my student to invite me to deliver the lecture. 

I had written this article many years ago 
 
– soon 
 
after my retirement 
 
– and have suitably updated and edited it for easy reading on the digital screen and smartphone. 

RETIREMENT MEANS “DOING NOTHING”
Musings on WORK LIFE AND BEYOND
By
VIKRAM KARVE 

A few days after I retired – a ex-Navy friend of mine offered me a job in Civvy Street
 ”.

I politely declined the job offer. 

So – he asked me:
   

“Have you taken up some other job...?
  
” 

“No...
 ” I said.

“Oh 
– 
so you must be doing some business...?
” he asked.

“No...
” I said.

“Then – what are you doing after retirement...?” he asked. 

“Nothing. I am doing nothing...” I said. 

“But 
– how can you 
 
do nothing
 
...?
  
 
” he said. 

“It is easy 
 
I practised 
“doing nothing” 
 
when I was in service...” I said.

“What...?
” 

“Yes. Earlier 
 
– before retirement – I was “doing nothing” wearing uniform. Now – after retirement – I “do nothing” wearing civilian clothes
...
” I said. 

The word spread that I had gone crazy. 

So 
– the post-retirement job-offers stopped. 

At the Navy Veterans Meet – a fellow Navy Veteran asked me same 
 quintessential question that everyone asks me: 

“What are you doing after retirement...?” 

And 
 I gave him the same answer
 
 
“Nothing. I am 
doing nothing
...”
  

This answer lead to an admonishment: 

“Why are you 
doing nothing
 
after retirement...?” 

I wonder why a truthful answer that I am 
doing nothing
  
 
after retirement results in disbelief and admonishment 
– 
as if I was doing something wrong
...?

I retired on superannuation from the Navy many years ago 
– 
and
 
 
  
since then 
  
I am leading a truly retired life 
 
“doing nothing”.

Yes 
  
I am “doing nothing”. 

But 
 
isn’t that what I am supposed to do...?

Tell me 
 
what is the definition and meaning of 
 “RETIREMENT
 
”...
?

“Retirement” means “Doing Nothing” – isn’t it...?

Many persons don’t seem to understand this. 

So whenever I meet my erstwhile colleagues 
 
and young officers too 
– 
they all ask me what I am doing after my retirement. 

And 
 
they seem perplexed 
 
 
when I honestly answer that I am “doing nothing” after my retirement.

Of course 
 
most of my retired colleagues are actually doing nothing.

B
ut 
 
they try to put on a pretence as if they are very busy. 

T
hey try to masquerade as if they are doing something very important after retirement. 

Maybe 
– 
they indulge in this charade because they feel embarrassed to speak the truth. 

Or 
 
maybe 
– they 
think that they will 
 
lose face
 
 if they truthfully say that they are 
 
“doing nothing”
.

____________


MILITARY LIFE AND BEYOND  The Retired Veteran

Now let me talk a bit about the topic – RETIREMENT – and discuss some tips on retirement for Military Officers belonging to the Army, Navy and Air Force.

In most jobs you retire at the age of 60.

Sometimes – the retirement age is 65 or 70 – if you are a Professor or a Judge – or you are a Bureaucrat who has managed to get an “extension” – or a cushy post retirement job.

In some vocations  like business and politics  you never retire – and you keep on working incessantly till your death.

However  if you happen to serve in the Defence Services  in the Army, Navy or Air Force  you retire early. 

If you are an officer  it is most likely you will retire on superannuation at the age of 54 – a few lucky ones may pull on to 56.

Only those who attain Flag Rank (and become Generals, Admirals or Air Marshals) – only Flag Officers can remain in service beyond that age – and retire at 58 or 60 – like their civilian counterparts. 

However  owing to the steep pyramidal hierarchical organisational structure – a very small percentage get promoted to Flag Rank.

In the Civil Services 
  
you have Assured Career Progression (or ACP).

In the Defence Services 
 
owing to the poor career prospects due to the high possibility of supersession and consequent early retirement 
  
you have Assured Career Truncation (or ACT).

I do not have the exact figures 
 
  
but 
  
from what I have observed 
  
it seems that hardly 1% of the officers who join the Defence Services finally get promoted to Flag Rank
  
– 
whereas
 
  
due to ACP and NFU 
 
 
in the Civil Services 
  
almost everyone becomes a Joint Secretary (equivalent to Flag Rank) before he or she retires 
– and gets monetary benefits too 
 
due to ACP and NFU.

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen retire much earlier – most retire after 15 years service at the prime of their life  in their mid-thirties – at around 35 years of age. 

It is not feasible to “settle” your children and complete your familial responsibilities at this young age  so they have no choice – and they have to take up a second career in the “civvy street”.

Officers are caught midway. 

If you want to truly “retire” on your superannuation date  then you must ensure that all your domestic commitments and familial obligations are complete well before you are 54 years of age.  

You must have your own “retirement home” to live in – and you must have enough savings to lead a decent retired life in these days of burgeoning inflation. 

And of course  most importantly  your children should have completed their studies – and must be settled in life.

If you can achieve all this before you retire  then you can indulge in the luxury of “doing nothing” after retirement – and lead a truly blissful retired life.

If you are in the Navy (or Army or Air Force)  it is best not to marry

If you are a Bachelor – you will be well looked after by the service. 

But if you do want to get married  please marry early – and have all your children as early as possible.

Calculating backwards  all your children must be settled in life by the time you reach the retirement age of 54.

This means that you must have all your kids before you reach the age of 30 (assuming that your youngest kid will complete his or her education and get a job by the age of 24).

This is the best case optimistic scenario  assuming that your children study well and are good at academics.

So  you must get married at the stipulated age of 25 (or even earlier if possible). 

Yes – for 
“doing nothing” after retirement 
 
  Army, Navy and Air Force Officers must get married as early as possible. 

And – they must have all their children as early as possible too.

Remember – for every child you have after you are 30 – you are putting pressure on your retired life – and you may not be able to afford the luxury of “doing nothing” after retirement.

Some officers marry late  or they have children late in life. 

I have seen a situation where children were still in school when an officer retired at the age of 54. 

The poor guy had no choice but to take up a job and spend many years of his retired life slogging it out in the “civvy street” till his children completed their education and settled down in their careers. 

Of course  if you are married to a “career woman” – then it is really great.

You can enjoy your retirement “doing nothing” – while your “breadwinner” wife – she “brings home the bacon” and “puts bread on the table” – to speak metaphorically.

In this respect  Lady Defence Officers are luckier. 

At least in the contemporary societal context in India – where the concept of a “homemaker husband” or full-time “house-husband” is yet to take root – a Lady Officer is likely to be married to a “career man” – and she has the luxury of choosing when to “retire” and start “doing nothing”

It makes sense for Lady Officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force to marry Civilians  who will keep working till 60 years of age. 

Of course  even for Gentlemen Military Officers who choose to marry a career woman  it is better to marry someone outside the military profession  at least from the retirement point of view. 

The moral of the story is that military officers are at a disadvantage vis-à-vis their civilian counterparts – as far as retirement age is concerned.

If you are a civilian – you will retire at 60  or later  and by that age  all your familial commitments are likely to be over – and you can look forward to a blissful retired life – and you will get a higher pension too  due to the additional years of service you enjoy vis-à-vis your disadvantaged military counterpart.

There is great advantage for a military service officer to marry a civil services (IAS, IPS, IRS etc) lady officer – so that he can continue to enjoy benefits and perks of his spouse for a number of years after his own retirement.

Dear Reader  if you are a Military Officer  or are planning to join the Army, Navy or Air Force  remember that you are going to retire early.

It will be good if you can plan your life accordingly – so that you can enjoy the indulgence of “doing nothing” after your retirement.

And when people have the audacity to ask you the quintessential question: 

“What are you doing after retirement...?” 

You can nonchalantly, truthfully and matter-of-factly say: 

“I am doing nothing...”.

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AFTERTHOUGHT 

WHY DO “FINANCIALLY SECURE” MILITARY VETERANS “WORK” AFTER RETIREMENT...?

There are some retired officers who are “financially secure” and who have completed all their familial obligations.

They can easily make ends meet within their pension.

But – they continue to work even after retirement.

Why is this...? 

Why do financially secure retired officers  who do not financially need to work to earn money  continue to work after retirement...?

I feel that there are 3 reasons why financially secure military veterans keep working after retirement:

1. They are workaholics – so – they are incapable of “doing nothing”.

2. They are greedy – and do not know when to say “enough is enough” as far as money is concerned. They are never happy with whatever material possessions they have got.

3. They are not content with what they have achieved in life – and they want to keep chasing elusive dreams and keep aspiring for more and more “success”. These persons are forever in the rat race constantly comparing with others – and either – they have unrealistic expectations of themselves  or – they suffer from an “inferiority complex”.

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CONCLUSION

The conclusion from this afterthought is:

To be able to “do nothing” after retirement  you must be happy wherever you are – and – you must be content with whatever you have got.

Wish You a Happy Retired Life “Doing Nothing”.

Let Every Day of your Retired Life be a Blissful Holiday.

VIKRAM KARVE
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