Sunday, May 27, 2012


Retirement from your job does not mean retirement from life.
In fact, after retirement a new exciting life begins when you are not a slave to your job anymore and you have the freedom to do whatever you want.

The Right Time to Retire

A few months ago I visited my erstwhile institute, the DIAT Deemed University Girinagar Pune to deliver a lecture. (I had been invited to deliver this inaugural lecture to a course I used to conduct earlier).

My former faculty colleagues were quite delighted to meet me and after seeing the enthusiastic and energetic manner in which I delivered my lecture and observing the excellent response from the audience, everyone asked me:

“You are still in full form. Why did you retire?”

In reply, I told them this story.

The great cricketer Vijay Merchant who was at the peak of his cricketing career suddenly announced his retirement after scoring a century against England

When his surprised fans and fellow cricketers asked him why he had unexpectedly decided to retire when he was at his prime and in top form, Vijay Merchant replied:

It is better to retire when people ask WHY? rather than WHY NOT?

Think about it. Look around your workplace. Observe how your colleagues, your seniors, your juniors and others treat you. Do they consider you a relic of the past, tolerate you as an old fogey because of your past successes and reputation? Or are you at the peak of your career? Introspect. Is it time for you to retire? Why not retire at the peak of your career? And be remembered for your successes. Or do you want to wait till you reach your level of incompetence and cling on to your job (like some people who never want to retire) until people get fed up of you and start asking you “WHY NOT?”

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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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1 comment:

Bhavana said...

Grin!!! As usual loved your piece! Specially this line : "It is better to retire when people ask “WHY?” rather than “WHY NOT?”"