I am a refugee! No, I WAS a refugee, not anymore.
VK conducting soft skill training sessions
Mr. Kashyap (known as VK amongst his family and
friends) says, “I was born on April 5, 1941, in Lahore, now in Pakistan
into a well-to-do family. However, because of the political upheaval and like
millions of others, we had to move to India, leaving everything behind, nothing
with us, bar the clothes on our persons and maybe a few more”.
He spent later years of his childhood in Delhi
completed his education, got married, had a wonderful work-life, and is now
enjoying his active post-retirement years. Despite his health challenges, VK
has always stayed positive. He recalls, “In 1987, I suffered from a massive
duodenal ulcer bleed but was back to work in ten days. I am a cardiac patient
and have three stents implanted in my heart. A few years back, I also got
operated for vocal cord cancer and underwent radiotherapy for seven weeks.
However, I have always rebounded back to my normal working very quickly. Today,
despite various restrictions, I lead a healthy and happy life.”
VK’s special pasta
Throughout his life, VK kept his learning curve
improved. He learned computer skills at the age of 55, enrolled himself for a
course in Medical transcription at 65, and another ten years down the lane, he
became a certified Soft Skill trainer and since then, conducts his classes.
Now, at the age of 78, he is still open to learning new things. Currently, he also
volunteers with Magic Bus, an NGO, where he trains underprivileged students in
soft skills to help them find suitable jobs. Besides this, he is an avid writer
and is also passionate about cooking different cuisines.
AllForSRS asked our beloved senior to share his thoughts on ageing. His beautiful expression….
Why Worry?- VK
you have crossed sixty – five,
to second phase of your life,
are more experienced today,
to an interesting place you haven’t been,
was an interesting event, you haven’t seen,
because of your busy schedule,
could not enjoy an interlude,
you will get all the time,
catch that missing chime,
your life clock,
decide, you are going to rock!
you have the time,
will go for that climb,
hands with your partner, which you had not done, because of the grind!
is the time to see that sunrise,
to feel the warmth, the glow, to your surprise,
that experience sublime!
and indulge in your hobby, you always wanted to do,
or paint or play the flute,
up and indulge in all that’s waiting to be done in you!
have lived for others, now live for yourself,
has given you a wonderful life, why leave it on the shelf,
for you to find yourself and let your self-esteem swell,
can go on with so many reasons for you to feel happy, on the past do not dwell!
have lived a wonderful life and lived it to the brim,
think of the negatives and make it grim,
to make gravy for the curry, (for your life)
you to enjoy it in a lingering way, not in a hurry,
– Why worry!
-By Virendra Nath Kashyap