‘Apna Park’ Shenanigans- MR Bhatia’s narrative
He recently learned how to fully use a smartphone and now enjoys reading comments on Youtube and uses Google Assistant to type. Whoever says learning and being cool has an age should meet Mr. MR Bhatia, an 82-year-old resident of Delhi.
He begins his day with a group of 26 other senior citizens in a nearby park that they all love to call ‘Apna Park.’ It’s like a family they’ve formed there- Whatsapp group? Check. Jokes? Check. Health concerns about each other? Check. Festive rituals? Check.
This family of Apna Park exercises together in the morning. Then they sit to discuss life- Philosophise, joke, comment and analyze. They all often go to dinner parties too!
Apart from socializing, he also loves reading the newspaper. Vrinda Bhatia, his granddaughter tells us how he spends a good three to four hours every day reading the newspaper. He’s always up to date with the current affairs. Additionally, even though he doesn’t earn now, he still has an organizer where he maintains a proper full-fledged budget for every month and keeps a strict tally of money going in and out.
His family tells us how he has diabetes but his obsession with sweets completely overlooks it. Right now, since it’s chilly cold in winters and Chikki is one of the most favorite food of all times, he keeps 7-8 varieties of Chikkis in the kitchen and takes a bite every hour thinking nobody is noticing. Nonetheless, everyone knows but nobody stops him, for it is his liveliness that makes him so charming and his love for life (and food) must not be curtailed!
He tells us- “Now when I pray, I no longer ask for anything. I just thank god for whatever I’ve got. I think my life experiences have taught me how to be more thankful than demanding and how this is what will lead us a long way in life.”
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