Residents Senior Citizens
M. R. Sundaram
I am M. R. Sundaram and my wife S. Kalyani. We came to Aarogya Kudumbam from Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) on 16th August 2013. We returned to Tamil Nadu after a lapse of 51 years.. I retired from the services of LIC as Executive Director in Bahrain, Middle East, after working in different parts of India other than South. My wife has been with me all through my career during thick and thin.
We have two daughters. The elder, Dr. Swarna Devarajan M D, Paediatrician and Neonatologist is in New York with her family. The younger one, Dr. Shanthy, is a professor of Biotechnology at Allahabad University and is well settled at Allahabad. We decided to take a break from life in North India and settle down in Tamil Nadu. We did not visit Tamil Nadu to decide about the place where we would settle down. Instead we searched internet. COIMBATORE appealed to us. There again Aarogya Kudumbam suited us in particular. We requested our Bahrain friends who have settled down in COIMBATORE to physically visit the place and give their feedback. Their opinion was positive and we decided to come to Aarogya Kudumbam.
We were impressed on arrival about the landscape - the spacious cottages, the big rooms, the salubrious climate, the quiet ambience - the surrounding mountains, the beautiful gardens, the paved walkway , the sound of chirping birds, the peacocks etc. The rooms were well furnished to take care of basic needs. Continuous water supply, purified drinking water arrangement and good food took care of all other needs. As for medical support, We have seen during the last four months of our stay here that adequate arrangement is done to provide good medical care as the Managing Trustee is himself from the field of medicine and commands good support from others in the medical fraternity.
I and my wife Subhalakshmi are living in Aarogya kudumbam for more than one year. The home is situated in natural area surrounded by hills on three sides. Our cottage is spacious and we get lot of sunlight and air.
The air and atmosphere is free from pollution of any kind and conducive to health. We regularly enjoy our walk in the walking track, frequent darshan in the Ganesha temple in the home. We also enjoy the beautiful garden in the home visited by lots of birds and butterflies. We find the entire atmosphere clean and healthy to good living. Co-residents are very nice and supportive to each other.
Dr.raju is easily accessible always and gives any type of help whenever needed. Doctor also visits the home regularly and takes care of health medical assistance we need. Occasionally we also play carroms chess in the common hall and also enjoy playing golf in the mini golf area. As a whole the home provides excellent energy and support to our body and mind.
I was a Marketing Executive with Amrutanjan for about 25 years and later Marketing Manager for Sharp Electronics in Doha (Gulf). I am now 70 and I returned to India in 1996. I have a son and two daughters. My son is NRI working in Doha. He is the eldest, but still a bachelor.
I lost my wife suddenly in October, 2008 and it became inevitable for me to move to a Senior Citizen Home as my children did not want me to stay alone in Madras and that too I had a major cancer operation a few years ago. As I had no particular place of preference, my son found about Aarogya Kudumbam(AK) through internet search and brought me to AK in Coimbatore in October, 2008.
In my opinion I grade this place as "AAA".
- "A"- Affordable terms and conditions.
- "A"- Ambience-Excellent, surrounded by hills and a fine weather, whether it shines or rains. Mountain Breeze blowing clean air all throughout the year.
- "A"- Accommodation - Comfortable, furnished, spacious, single/double/cottage types located in sprawling
Complex with minigolf, library, other games facilities and temple and not far off from Coimbatore.
This place is neither crowded nor isolated.
My children are so concerned about me; they feel happier to see me happy, though we miss each other, which cannot be helped.
I have no intention of looking for a better place than "AK", Coimbatore.
The sensible decision I took after I retired from active service was to move into the Aarogya Kudumbam. I chose to do it because I wanted to have an independent lifestyle. I had never lived on my own in my life, and that too in an unfamiliar town among total strangers; yet I was not worried about the move. Now after I have moved I feel how lucky I am to be able to live like this. Even at first sight I knew this is where I want to live. I was impressed by its quality standard. I visited the place couple of times.. Each time I made a mental note of where I would put my things and what I need to bring with me. Accordingly I disposed of various things I have accumulated over the years. In the next few months I systematically gave away things?
Books, clothes, TV, fridge, furniture, kitchen gadgets and pots and pans - to appropriate people and organisations. It was the most satisfying thing I did in a long time. Now in my little cottage I cherish everything I have. I have only the things I need - a picture on the wall, a wall-clock and few books in my book-shelf that I would enjoy re-reading anytime, a torch in my bedside drawer and my laptop on the table in my bedroom. This place is entirely my own to live the way I want. The good thing is I don't have to do any domestic chores - no cooking, no worry about housework, maintaining the garden or fixing a leak in the faucet. Yet I am never bored. I have the freedom and luxury to lead a very leisurely lifestyle. I have plenty of time for myself to simply enjoy doing the things that interests me or I feel inclined to do at any given time - read, browse the net, sleep, listen to music etc. I watch TV or read the newspaper in the community hall. The serene ambience of the place is ideally suited to meditate, exercise or go for a stroll in the country side enjoying nature. I have made friends and enjoy interacting with people with whom initially I thought I have nothing in common. Now after getting to know them I realise there is so much I could learn from each one of them. It is so nice to know that I will always have someone to talk to, someone who notices when I am away, and someone who will help when I need. Living in the Home has really widened my knowledge about the world and people. My fellow residents have become my friends with whom I share my thoughts and feelings, visit places, or do my shopping even taking a bus into town. I happily play a game of carom or chess for the fun and laughter, even though I am not very good at it. Here I enjoy a level of peace and quiet that cannot be found anywhere else in the community. Being able to go for my morning walk at 5.30 a.m. or sit in the lawn after dinner and enjoy chit chatting with my friends under the moon light is a real luxury. Living here I feel safe and well taken care of. There is a sense of comfort when I leave on a trip knowing that my friends are watching my place.
The age of people living here ranges from 60 to 85. I am being kind of in the middle of that range makes it easy for me to interact with all of them. Here I feel I am somebody special and totally accepted by others. This has greatly improved my self-confidence.
After retirement Aarogya Kudumbam is the best place to live.
Arogya Kutumbam Cottages are situated in Mangarai near Anailatty away from the hustle and bustle of Coimbatore City.
You will see Devi Nidra Mountains on the North, forest on the west, another mountain on the South which on cloudy days looks like mount kailash, and the eastern side provides an exit to the busy world outside- a perfect place for senior citizens.
For a healthy living all amenities are there, a beautiful garden, home for rare birds and butterflies, walking track, mini golf course, and a gym equipped to suit seniors.
After my retirement I was looking for a place to peacefully settle. My 5years of search ended here and now my 2nd innings is on with full energy. The entire enviroment fits into my body and soul.