Saturday, February 24, 2018



Daily I witness a rain of leaves

dried leaves of a Margosa tree and one tall Ashoka tree

one in my house and the other in neighbor's  garden

​on the other side of the compound wall​

The sound of leaves getting crushed under my feet

as I climb up the steps to reach the terrace

is music of a different kind

Daily sweeping does get them displaced
​ and collected​

 a huge pit made just for this purpose

If you stand on that collected heap, nay mound,
you feel as if
you are standing in the beech
and water is sweeping the sand away from under your feet

How long will this merriment last

For a couple of months, at best?
Everything is ephemeral
like the leaves that dry and die
giving way
​to ​
​ -
​other form of life​


Dr P Vyasamoorthy
040-27846631 / 09490804278

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Senior Citizens Travel Tips

Senior Citizens – Friendly vacation – Travel as an option


There are hundreds of senior citizens who are thoroughly bored and wonder how to kill time. Most pensioners have enough money and reasonably good health to enjoy. They may not know the avenues open to them to spend time usefully, enjoyably and entertain themselves. Traveling is an excellent option. Here are some tips.


If you are single, widowed or a divorcee - chances are high among senior citizens - there are exclusive clubs / associations for meeting their needs. For instance Anand Yatra in Pune caters to singles (middle aged and above) by engaging them in travel. Day long picnics to local spots, weekend getaways to nearby towns or weeklong sojourns are all there. The purpose is to get to know each other during such trips, get closer and perhaps even think of going for long term relationships like living together, live-in, second marriage and the like. Contact: Anand yatra DR Hemant 9552127127 / Mumbai 9820775870  Who knows, your boredom may be permanently cured!


There are many who may be unfortunate and suffer from loss of hearing or vision issues or mobility issues – bound to wheel chair sort of, or speech problems. Though they have the desire to be a part of travel groups and enjoy a bubbling life many tour operators would shy will shy away from them. Precisely to infuse confidence and life into such seniors, arranges travel program exclusively meant for disabled persons. Both local national international trips are arranged. I saw a video and am thoroughly impressed at the efforts they take to make enjoy like despite disabilities.


There are senior citizens associations and clubs that specialize in organizing travels for their members on a regular basis. Tamilnadu Senior Citizens Association TANSECA is a thirty year old association in Chennai with a membership base of 2000. Trips both national and international are routine here. They just concluded a South India tour – six days – 32 people – visiting Yelagiri, Hoganekal, Thiruchengode, Palani etc. There must be some SCA in your city to help you out.


IRCTC tourism organizes all kinds of tours. They are highly affordable, well planned and scheduled properly. Everything from food, local conveyance and train tickets are mentioned without ambiguity. You can make a small group and join the trips. As they are guided tours with experienced guides and IRCTC is a govt outfit chances of getting duped are nil. Variety of choice is amazing. Try and share your experiences for the benefit of others.


Dr P Vyasamoorthy
040-27846631 / 09490804278

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