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The 60s club: getting bigger but younger!


PTI | New Delhi, October 9, 2010 11:23
Tags : Sonia Gandhi | Amitabh Bachchan | Shabana Azmi | Azim Premji | Shobhaa De |

What does Sonia Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Azim Premji and Shobhaa De have in common apart from being successful in their own fields and inspiring as ever?

All belong to the vibrant 60s club which also has Jayalalithaa, Hillary Clinton, Hema Malini, Tom Alter, to name a few, as members.

For most people who have crossed the sixtieth milestone in the journey of life, there's a tendency to consider themselves as 'over the hill', a 'has-been', or an 'old fogey'.

But for the irrepressible and exuberant De, that's certainly not the case - life only begins at sixty! Declaring sixty the new forty, she comes up with a potent elixir to rejuvenate life, and provides practical tips on how to cope with the physical and emotional downslides commonly experienced by the post-sixty generation.

In her new book "Shobhaa at Sixty: Secrets of Getting It Right", De lays great emphasis on family values and ties, and underlines the importance of a spiritual quest - all of which make each passing decade more meaningful and enriching.

"Something good is happening to all those of us who have hit 60! 'Sexy Sam' (Amitabh Bachchan) has won the National Award for 'Paa', and my darling school friend Shabana Azmi is 60! It's official, folks ? it's definitely super cool to be 60 - geddit???" she wrote on her blog.

Shabana Azmi, who turned 60 last month, says she embraces her age with profound satisfaction and happiness and advises her Bollywood colleagues to do the same.

"I am very proud to have arrived at this place. Do I feel 60? I don't know. Because I don't know how other 60-year -olds feel. I am just happy," she says.

"I embrace the 60 years of my life with profound satisfaction and happiness. There have been ups and downs but I have no regrets. One needs to embrace the bad along with the good and take it as it comes."

In her new book, De jauntily declares, "60 is the new 40" .

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Posted By: Venod Ghorrpade | Bangalore | June 12th 2011 | 13:06
Life is... how you take it. Age really does not matter. Money comes and goes, health fails some time and family and friends are not the same always. It's your will to live life to the fullest that counts, and that, death does not wait for age, is true. So just live each day as your best, and leave to almighty the rest, then 60 or will remain a child at heart and a source of inspiration to others. I salute all of you M/s Sonia Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Azim Premji and Shobhaa De and all brothers and sisters in their 60's from all over the world, who have shown determination, love, compassion, dedication, understanding, strength and conviction, eagerness to learn and keep abreast with the ever changing values of life... I am just on the other side of the fence and I hope I will be able to embrace life as you have done.

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