As we bid farewell to the monsoons and embrace the changing seasons, we invite you to set the perfect mood with your favourite song (for us, it's 'Rimjhim Gire Saawan' by Kishore Kumar), savour some delicious pakoras, and dive into the latest edition of Wisdom Edit.
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Is there a stereotype about retirees that makes you rather passionate? This month’s issue of Wisdom Edit brings to you perspectives of 19 WisGen* on how retirement should be seen differently.
*WisGen- those over the age of 50 with a lifetime of experience
We've all heard of "The art of saying no" but have you ever seen it?
Artwork by Leena Swamy
About Sumit Ghosh
Sumit Ghosh is the founding Director & Chief Mentor of the Not-for-Profit Organisation, Sankalp Micro Association. Before founding Sankalp, he worked in companies like such as P&G, Philips, and New York Life Insurance for over 32 years.
Sumit is engaged in women's empowerment, quality education, and environmental protection. His environmental project, 'Hirava', has been accepted as a part of a white paper for policy recommendation at the G20 Summit. Sumit has also been invited for a paper presentation at the Civil2023 platform, the Civil Society platform of G20, on the topic 'Technology, Security & Transparency'. He has won awards in different categories on the 2023 Tata Social Enterprise Challenge and the Glenmark Nutrition Awards.
On what he wanted to do post-retirement
The word 'retirement' has no place in his vocabulary; it is simply a career transition for him. As he always wanted to be an entrepreneur, he quit his corporate career in 2021 before attaining the statutory retirement age. He founded 'Sankalp Micro Association' and worked on a mission to transform youngsters from 'job seekers to job creators'.
What Sumit is currently doing
Besides his role in Sankalp Micro Association, Sumit regularly mentors national and international students. He is a core team member of the Eco Web Project, an initiative of the Climate Tech Action Network, a global community for a for greener web. He has been appointed a board member of IQAC (Internal Quality Assurance Committee) for G.H. Raisoni Institute of Management, an affiliated institute of RTMU, Nagpur. Through WisdomCircle, he was placed as an Expert Instructor in online courses with RightSol.
His experience with WisdomCircle
"In a true sense, WisdomCircle is the depository of the collective wisdom which helps the different industries. Initially, I thought WisdomCircle was a job site for retired people. After learning more about them, I found that this platform is not merely a job site for senior citizens but a platform for fulfilling the unfinished dreams of professionals. The supportive team members, insightful seminars and content help create a niche in the manpower consultancy domain."
Rohil Menon, looking back at his decision to retire early, asks if there really is a good time to retire and shares that work was "not about the monthly cheque at all but that sense of belonging, achievement, camaraderie."
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WisdomCircle honours those challenging cultural expectations of elders slowing down and retreating into retirement by shining light on their journey through an inspiring series called “Wisdom Stories”.
Mr. Yogendra Saxena, in his interview with Saonli Sen Choudhury, says "What has held me in good stead in a career spanning 4 decades, has been my inclination to learn”. Read more about how his purpose has kept him active and engaged.
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Smrithi, a team member of WisdomCircle, who has actually seen it, says, "Dan Buettner, an explorer and award-winning journalist, has identified 'Blue Zones'—regions worldwide known for their longevity and health. These places differ geographically but the centenarians shared a common attitude toward life. Their secrets to longevity include finding a purpose in life, even if it meant tending a garden, embracing faith and having belief in a higher power, staying active through daily movement, fostering community bonds, and maintaining a healthy diet."
India's aging population will impact its workforce, which is why, "a strong US-India partnership on population ageing offers a fruitful way to build bilateral cooperation to the benefit of both countries."