On realising the loneliness faced by his father in-law after his mother-in-law passed away, city resident Kumar Deshpande decided to lend a support to single senior citizens, by arranging a match for them.
But Deshpande realised the gravity of the problem only when he came across nearly 70 single senior citizens who registered to seek partners, while nearly 5,000 more enquired about an event he has scheduled for the first week of March.
Deshpande, who has his own printing business at Lower Parel said, “Two years ago my mother in-law passed away. Later I found that my father-in-law Balkrishna Joshi was alone in Dhule, as his children were settled outside.
A few months after my mother in-law’s death, we started convincing him to remarry. He has now agreed to remarry. This incident inspired me to do something for other single senior citizens too.”
“My idea is not to set up a marriage bureau, but help single senior citizens get a companion,” Deshpande said. He has organised a gathering for single citizens over the age of 50 years at Damodar Hall, Lower Parel, on March 6.
The event will also have lawyers and marriage counsellers who will provide support to the senior citizens. It is free and not limited to any community.
According to Deshpande, some senior citizens just want a companion with whom they can speak to. “A 64-year-old woman told me she wanted a companion but was not willing to remarry as she feared she would lose the pension she was receiving from her husband’s office.” Deshpande said.
Mangesh Dalvi, 95, a resident of Malad said, “At this age I don’t want to remarry but I need a companion who can stay with me as my daughter. She should be aged between 40 and 50 years, either a widow or a divorcee.”
Narrating her plight, a 61-year-old woman who did not wish to be identified said, “My son stays abroad with his family and only visits me once a year. For him, sending me money is enough. I can’t even bother relatives by visiting them frequently.”
Those interested may contact Kumar Deshpande ,Mumbai India on 09819549899/09821999899.
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