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Old but alive

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At the age of 84 Kimani Maruge went to school for the first time, when the Kenyan government introduced free primary schooling for all in 2004. At the age of 80 Yuichiro Miura reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2013, becoming the oldest person to scale the world’s highest mountain. At the age of 79, former Japanese prisoner of war, John Lowe decided to pursue his lifelong passion for ballet. By the time he turned 90, he was dancing professionally. Upon reaching her late 60s, Ruth Flowers decided to become a club DJ. The British artist released three singles and went on to perform during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Despite their phenomenal achievements, in Pakistan such elderly men and women will often be called crazy.

As a society, we live by some invisible law which states that the activities you are permitted to do shall be directly determined by your age. The elderly must behave like elderly people should. This entails staying at home (within their rooms), praying, and looking after any grandchildren they may have. And if an elderly person decides to do something other than this, someone will stare, shake their head in disapproval and say ‘inkay toh Allah Allah karnay kay din hain’ (these........

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