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C’mon, let’s catch up with Ratan Tata

C’mon, let’s catch up with Ratan Tata
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First Published: Sat, Feb 17 2007. 01 25 AM IST
Updated: Sat, Feb 17 2007. 01 25 AM IST
Last week, the picture that did it for me was 69-year-old Ratan Tata, in full gear, doing a thumbs up from the hot seat of an F-16 fighter jet. Just a few days after he snapped up Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus, Tata accepted an invite by US defence contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. to fly the combat plane at the recent held air show in Bangalore.
Senior citizens, or silvers as Tina Ambani calls them, certainly seem to think less of retirement and rocking chairs than you and me.
Take my father, for instance. Same age group as Tata. One morning, he decided he wanted to run the Mumbai marathon. For six weeks or so, he trained with a bunch of 20 somethings. Then calmly participated in the senior citizens’ run, even as my mother prayed fervently that nothing would go wrong. Like Tata, my father was exhilarated after he attained his goal.
So, why are we struggling to catch up with this new breed of seniors? Send me an email if you know the answer.
By now you’ve noticed Lounge has the best weekend columnists in the country. You can never go wrong with Vir Sanghvi—he takes any issue that you and me have encountered a million times over, adds dollops of perspective and an edgy spin.
Bangalore-based author Shoba Narayan, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer to column writing in India, though she’s a favourite with global biggies such as Condé Nast Traveler.
And even though Wall Street Journal columnist Jared Sandberg writes about the American workplace, he breaks down the issues so beautifully, they’re relevant to you and me. This time, he’s written about every employee’s nightmare—the team-building exercise.
As if these three columnists weren’t enough, this week we’re introducing a fourth. Everyone’s favourite sportswriter, Melbourne-based Rohit Brijnath, will now do a fortnightly column for Lounge. Hope you enjoy it.
Besides the columns, of course, my favourite story in this issue is the profile of Manish Sabharwal, the Bangalore-based head of TeamLease, India’s largest private-staffing company. He’s one of many entrepreneurs who see opportunity in change. “What is happening in India is not once in a decade or once in a millennium, but once in the lifetime of a country,” Sabharwal tells us on Page 10.
It’s a style-heavy issue—the latest trends and how to make them wearable (Page 12), the new meaning of macho (Page 9) and how one man saw a business opportunity in the art of tying shoelaces (Page 8). Get inspired! 
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First Published: Sat, Feb 17 2007. 01 25 AM IST
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