Thursday, November 28, 2013


Ramblings of a Retired Mind


Pune is my hometown.

I love Pune.

That is why I settled down in Pune after my retirement from the Navy.

I have seen that Punekars love Pune, their hometown.

Many Punekars serve all over India during the course of their careers.

But one thing is unique for all Punekars – they all love Pune, their hometown.

That is why all Punekars settle down in Pune after their retirement.

I saw this happening in the Navy - all Punekars settled down in Pune after retirement.

I am sure this is true of the Army, Air Force and Civil Services too.

But I also noticed that there were many people who did not want to settle down in their hometown after retirement and chose other places.

Maybe, they did not like their hometown.

They did not want to spend the autumn years of their life in their hometown but preferred some other place.


This is the true test of whether you love your hometown or not.

If you settle down in your hometown after retirement then you love your hometown.

Those who love their hometown settle down in their hometown.

If you settle down in some other place after your retirement then you do not love your hometown.

Those who do not love their hometown settle down in some other place.

They do not settle down in their hometown after retirement.

Please note – I am not talking of job relocation during the course of your career.

I am talking about settling down after retirement, after you have finally hung up your boots.

Now, Dear Reader, tell me – DO YOU LOVE YOUR HOMETOWN ?

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