I and my wife after my retirement as C.D.M.O. Bargarh Orissa on February 29, 2008 preferred to stay in a joint family with our offspring than to stay as a nuclear family at our native place in our old age for better physical, mental and emotional support in a joint family set up. After residing for one year in Gurgaon, Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi), we relocated to Bangalore, Karnataka. However I had to leave my comfort zone of leading life with friends, relatives and old colleagues in my native place, district and state of Odisha where I was having a worthy social recognition as a professional doctor amongst the public. Consequent upon my extra-ordinary decision, I had to lead my post retirement life in a completely changed social setup having only company of own family members.
In the changed circumstances, intuitive thoughts came to my mind that the present global world is connected through internet via World Wide Web and it will be wise on my part as a senior citizen to give something back in innovative and creative way to the society of my native place, district and state; and my country India and World as a whole by complementing and supplementing my present activities of Yoga and Spirituality with my scientific knowledge of medical profession. I created my own blog Yoga and Spirituality on May 2, 2010 which has been carried forward as monthly Internet Journal uninterruptedly till date. Readers of many countries throughout World read my articles posted in my blog Yoga and Spirituality as documents available for public view through Google and other search engines in Internet. I have the pleasure to mention here that readers of more than 100 countries of world from India and abroad are reading and posting comments on my articles posted in my blog website Yoga and Spirituality.
I registered my name as a user in social networking website Facebook on June 15, 2011. My relatives, old friends and colleagues with whom I had worked during my service became friends in Facebook. Moreover I started creating a new circle of friends world-wide through social networking in Facebook. I have been posting photo & post on inspirational quotes, Yoga and Spirituality, social events, tours & travels and Heath Magazine in News Feed and day to day management as moderator and admin of Bargarh. Budasambar groups comprising mostly Facebook users of my native district Bargarh in Odisha and Health Bulletin group comprising mostly Health Professionals in Facebook. A good number of friends and group members in Facebook are actively associated in posting likes, comments and sharing my photos & posts in the blog website of Facebook.
My post retired life was going very well and I was very proud of all my achievements until something very unfortunate happened to me. I became ill and my illness was diagnosed to be cancer of right upper gum since April 2015 which was operated on May 13, 2015 followed by radiotherapy completed on August 14, 2015. Cancer survivor of such case need to take care of himself and make sure that he can keep himself as comfortable as possible in day to day life especially when advised not to stress and strain mouth parts by talking much over phone with friends and relatives till structure and function of mouth back to almost normal. Moreover due to the weakness of whole body during convalescence and recovery phase one has to restrict his physical movements, even long distance and time consuming city tour. Under such circumstances, I could not take up my annual trip to my native state Odisha to meet and interact physically with my relatives and friends during 2015 the last Odisha trip being in November 2014. Thus after 7 years of eventful retired life from 2008 to 2014, I had to enter the stage of karma sannyasa during 2015. Being a cancer survivor with post surgery radiation complications since May 2015, I am confined almost inside Bangalore home & our residential layout Green Park Regency Sarjapur Road Bangalore.
Since 2016 we the senior citizens residing in Green Park Regency Sarjapur Road Bangalore with our off springs as dependent parents have formed Senior Citizens Forum which has its daily evening session for one hour in Senior Citizens Corner in the campus. Rest of the day I have to remain engaged in my hobby in day to day life without support of other persons or disturbing others especially in chronic illness like cancer where post surgery radiation recovery last for years together. Having physical distress, disability and indisposition of operated and radiated parts of mouth and other body parts; I have been living my day to day life so to say with virtual world of social media.
Having sufficiently expanded and developed our own understanding of spirituality in vanaprastha (retirement from routine professional life) we enter into the stage of sannyasa which is meant for dedicating the qualities and virtues we have acquired towards the growth of humankind and inspiring others to attain inner freedom. Sannyasa is not escaping from life; rather it is running into life with greater wisdom, understanding and perception. This I am doing through Internet in World Wide Web through my own blog Yoga and Spirituality and social networking through Facebook and 3 Group Members of Family, 1967 MBBS entry batch mates and Green Park Senior Citizens in WhatsApp installed in my I-Phone on October 21, 2016. It is my pleasure to convey my readers and comment authors that though the number of posts published since May 2015 in my blog website of Yoga and Spirituality has been only one post per month due to my physical indisposition as a cancer survivor with post-surgery radiation complications, the numbers of views and visitors per month have been above 1700 & 700 for last 3 months (September, October & November 2017) comparing the previous blog stat of 1500 & 500 respectively. These might have been due to addition of responses relating to present activities and more so past activities reflected as memories in present either by my regular friends who are comment authors or myself as author supplementing discussion part of a good number of articles posted so far in blog website of Yoga and Spirituality. I would like to thank all my viewers of more than 100 countries around world for their continued supports in my endeavor to maintain rather upgrade the quantitative & qualitative aspect of the blog Yoga and Spirituality. So far Facebook is concerned, besides contributing my own post/photo of present and past in Newsfeed; I am mentoring as Admin-in-Chief and monitoring as moderator 2 Facebook groups of my native district Bargarh Odisha comprising a large closed group of 32,000+ members in Bargarh group and 2000+ members public group of Budasambar. I would like to thank all members of both the groups for remarkable quantitative and qualitative growth in participation of members active in viewing/reading and posts/likes/comments/shares in micro-blogging in Social Networking Facebook.
I would like to summarize the implications and effects of social media on my life as a senior citizen as “Involvement in Social Media Sustain Value Added Life of Senior Citizens in Physical Distress”.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda