Nek Chand, creator of The Rock gardenEven at 82, Nek Chand is all hail and hearty, working hard consistently. According to him, the silver population of the city are an asset as they are the treasure troves of knowledge that they have gained out of experiences. Nek Chand feels that an individual should keep working till the body gives up completely. “Throughout my life I believed in moving out and working. I just cannot sit back at home and relax, it is just not me,” says this happy-go-lucky artist whose art has been acknowledged, appreciated and awarded world over
Brig Retd Keshav Chandra, former president, Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association, has been living in the city for the past 17 years. Even at 72, he believes in being a fighter and says every senior citizen in the city should believe in one word ‘adapt’. “We need to realise that there is a generation gap and we need to respect it and change accordingly,” he said. A busy social activist, he has been working with different NGOs in the city.
Chandra goes for his yoga session every morning as he follows the ‘fit body has a sound mind’ belief. His message to fellow brethren: “Change is very important in life. If we need to be happy in life we must change.”
Recipient of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for Lifetime Achievement at the age of 83, mountaineer and trainer Gurdial Singh defies old age. Though he gave up active mountaineering a few years ago, Singh is still involved in delivering lectures, particularly about the problems in Siachen, in different parts of the country. Singh’s tryst with mountains began in 1948. In 1951, he led an expedition to Trisul and became the first Indian to climb a major Himalayan peak. In the 60s, he was a member of the Indian expedition to Everest.
“I feel safer while on expeditions rather than on roads of Delhi or Mumbai. I was among the very few who climbed mountain peaks without oxygen cylinders. In fact, I stayed for six days without oxygen at a height of 8,000 metres.”