• Sep 2, 2017
The Legacy of Golden Years

In the cold winds of a village in North India, living out the golden years of life is a
pleasure. The pure water that flows through the mountains and the crisp air keep worry
and sickness at bay. Though their skin may be wrinkled and arms thin, the elderly of
Himachal Pradesh look after themselves with an agility that can put anyone in their youth
to shame. Their sparkling eyes tell stories of many seasons gone and many that are yet to come.

This series follows the lives of ‘Bulandi Devi’ of 103 years old, a man ‘Laxman Das’ of
97 years old, ‘Revtu Ram’ of 109 Years old, ‘Bahadur Singh’ of 94 years old, ‘Bhagat
ram’ of 76 years old, ‘Lata devi’ of 86 years old and ‘Sarla devi’ of 82 years old. They
stand witness to the fact that old age doesn’t have to be a burden, lived off the comfort
of someone else’s shoulders. Their days are just like anyone’s – filled with energy and
activity. Their zest for life and will power belies the fact that they are all aged between
95 to 110 years of age. In a world where the elderly are plagued by sickness and misery,
do they know something that we do not?

I met this lady(86 years old) sitting on the roadside and there she was busy in
weaving some threads of wool, which will contribute in making woolen shawls.

She is languishing, for not living in the same era of courteous and gracious people
who used to prevail years back.

Her spectacular shoes amazed me. The shoes are crafted of sheep wool. This
helps keep warm in the extreme winters of Himachal and even walk in 7 to 8 feet of

A shepherd by profession, he takes his flock to the highest of hills so they can eat
pure herbs.

Ladies in Himachal have the capacity to excel in everything. Initiating from taking
care of kids, cooking to working in public sectors, they are and always have been an
an epitome of excellence.

Surviving so far, he still misses the old days.

When we suddenly awake to the realization that there is no barrier, and never has
been, one realizes that one is all things mountains, rivers, grasses, trees, stars,
universe are all oneself. Realizing this truth leads to compassion as seen in ‘Revtu
Ram’ who is 109 years old.

Portrait of Bahadur Singh-Here is the man who hiked thrice from Chitkul to Gangotri at an age of 81.
Present age:- 94 years

The ideation of living a life isn't as easy as it appears to be. This man who has
lived 101 years , now counts his life clock

As he Chatted with me, this elderly man recounted his glorious 97 years of life
and told me that he is now awaiting, with contentment, the final few years.

Bulandi Devi, true to her name, lives out her old age with full energy and zest for

The secret is simple. They live in a pure, untainted habitat in mountains of Himachal
Pradesh. Their whole lives have been spent away from the grime, dust and worry of city
life. Their nurture has always come from the earth, never from a factory-made packet.
The serene villages and mountains of Himachal Pradesh offer more than beautiful
landscapes and holiday getaways. These places hold the key to a fulfilled life, one that
we city dwellers all desire but that always seems out of reach. We can learn truly to
switch off the machines and connect with the very earth that we are made of. Pure,
simple, and elemental. That is key to living a long, healthy and peaceful existence.

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