Very often we witness in cinema and plays young men and women donning the role of characters far beyond their age and making an impressive job of it too. In fact, their portrayal of old age can be so credible that we may tend to forget that, in real life, they are not even half the age of the characters that they portray. On the contrary, the sight of persons on the threshold of, in bureaucratic jargon, the age of superannuation donning the role of college students and running around the trees singing bawdy love songs can evoke myriad feelings. Seeing them we run the whole gamut of emotions from A to Z, the most predominant being one of revulsion. The whole thing may sound unfair but it is the stark truth. Does this stem from the fact that all of us have reconciled ourselves to the irrefutable aging process and the consequent inevitability of changes in life style? Perhaps. It is also likely that our mind accepts a youngman portraying senile characters but not the vice versa because of our mindset that the aging process is irreversible. We have no second opinion on the fact that old age will ultimately catch up with every one and once you are there, you are there for good! But wait a minute! What is all this hogwash about aging process? That is purely a physical process just like it can happen to a vegetable. Vegetables rot through aging process, as they have no mind to resist it with. We have a mind and if we do not use it as a weapon against aging, we are bound to rot too. We all have a mind that can stay clear off the battle that the body wages against aging. The process does not affect the mind per se. But the body can make the mind believe that it too has to age. It arises out of the body’s apprehension that if the mind keeps young, it may make such demands on the body’s physical functions that it may find it difficult to cope with. So body ages, the mind thinks it also ages likewise and both perish. Won’t it be more prudent if we let the mind fight the body’s resigned attitude and bolster it with fresh energy so that the last traces of youth linger till the dying day? Oh God, there is so much to do and why do we sit hunched in a corner because we think we are old? Get that thought out of your mind so that it can do the restorative work for you. If you don’t still catch what I say, you deserve to stay old. If you do see my point, come and let’s march backward in time!