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Tina Ambani

Former actress, wife of corporate czar Anil Ambani, on Harmony, her new initiative for senior citizens

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Tina Ambani
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Why this initiative?
I want to give ageing a positive look. Ageing should become a national concern. I've been thinking about it for a long time, it's almost intuitive.

The magazine is out. What's next?
The website is up. We're close to opening the first Harmony interactive centre where silver citizens can chat, exercise, learn yoga, computers, get vocationally trained.

What is the feedback from senior citizens?
Fantastic. They've suggested more, though.

Are you addressing loneliness, lack of support structures or basic facilities?
All. And how to make life productive at 55-plus.

Harmony seems limited to a certain class.
The concerns of silvers in every section is different. We will move on to other classes too.

Will there be old-age homes too?
I don't want to make old age homes. I want to eventually create complete happy interactive places.

Will you synergise with NGOs?
I want to work with everyone, even with the government. 100 million elderly by 2013, 9.5 per cent or urban silvers live alone. There's lots to do.

You wrote the cover story on Asha Bhosle for the first issue. Are you hands-on?
I've known Ashaji for 25 years, it didn't make sense to send a journalist. I will write sometimes. But I'm in office from 11.30 to 5.30 pm, sit on edit meets.

How much did the initiative cost?
Too early to talk funds but we're funded by the Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial Trust.

Who is your model senior citizen?
Anyone who lives with zest. Like this 98-year-old lady I met, still involved in family planning. I want to be like her.

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