Agewell Symposium : "Importance of Literature in Old Age”
Agewell Symposium : "Importance of Literature in Old Age” on 12th April 2012 at India Habitat Centre
Agewell Foundation, an NGO working for the welfare & empowerment of Older Persons across the country, organized a Symposium-cum-Interactive Session titled "Importance of Literature in Old Age” under the Series of Symposiums on Needs & Rights of Older Persons on 12th April 2012 at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Center, Lodi Road, New Delhi.
Dedicated to the rich literary heritage of the country, the interaction in the symposium covered various aspects of the literature and its role and importance in old age. Mr. Dinesh Mishra, President of India Society of Authors, Mr. Sudhir Tailang, renowned cartoonist and Mrs. Paramjit Kaur Narang, Educationist were among the key speakers. Many eminent representatives and experts from every walk of society also shared their views on the subject.
Speaking about the importance of books in day-to-day life, particularly in old age Mr. Dinesh Mishra said, “Books are best companion of any person in Old Age. When there is no one to talk to you, no one to listen and no one to understand you, books from your favourite writers are there to accompany you. Though life of every older person is a book in itself, he/she is a reservoir of lifelong knowledge, experience and spirituality, we always need good books to learn more to make our life more meaningful and happier.”
On this occasion, Mr. Sudhir Tailang discussed his humorous mind blowing cartoons and said, “Cartooning is an art, which make people laugh and think. A good cartoon is closely linked with positivity. In old age, good cartoons work like miraculous medicines as they bring smile on their face and make them laugh, which is best in old age.”
Mrs. Paramjit Kaur Narang, while moderating the symposium-cum-interactive session, signified the importance of various forms of literature in old age. During the session several problems and their possible solutions were also discussed by the participants.
This symposium is an attempt by Agewell to sensitize the leaders, policy makers in particular and the society & other opinion makers in general to come together and raise their voice to empower the older persons of our country. The problems faced by the old people can neither be understated nor ignored; they need to be looked after well. However, in different walks of life they are sometime not given the due attention.
Agewell has created this platform for the welfare of the aged in particular and society in general to correct this state of affair and educate the society and various institutions serving them to be more compassionate and also in the process inform the young generation of impending problems which they may have to face when they reach the dusk of their life.