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A Handbook for Silvers

Author Name: Sabita Radhakrishna | Format: Paperback | Genre : Self-Help | Other Details

The elders today live in a bewildering world of loneliness. Nuclear families are here to stay. In the olden days, in a joint family, support to the young and old was given without question. Having been protected through their lives, the elders find the props removed and they are forced to fend for themselves today. As an attempt to fill this lacuna to some degree, A Handbook for Silvers offers useful suggestions to seniors as to how to overcome or cope with some of their disabilities.

Divided into chapters for easy referral and with a font easy to read, it is a bedside book for every elder. The cold facts of ageing explores the different aspects of the inconvenience of age, it assures the reader that ageing is a normal occurrence and that one can cope with positivity and a will to enjoy life.

It offers tools to cope with loneliness, which can dramatically affect the health of an elderly person. Bonding with family and tips on how to accomplish this, making your home older people friendly to avoid accidents and falls and making travel less stressful are some of the topics covered.

There are little pointers factored in for dealing with emergencies, eating right and exercising to improve the quality of life, and socialising and nurturing talents and hobbies.  

The author has dipped into her own life experiences and her work with the older people through her life and has expressed it in many ways through the handbook.

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Sabita Radhakrishna

Sabita Radhakrishna is a Chennai based freelance writer, author, playwright, textile expert and food consultant. Sabita scripted Doordarshan’s Beyond the Storm, winning the Transtel West German Award for best documentary. She served on the Central Board of Film Censors for a full term. 

Has published four cookbooks Aharam, Quick Cook, Kids Kitchen and Annapurni, two of which bagged the Gourmand World Awards. Annapurni was shortlisted for the Gourmand World Award. Translated “Autobiography of an Actor..Sivaji Ganeshan” published by Sivaji Prabhu Charities Trust. Her personal lobby for the disappearing handloom traditions and the weavers inspired her play “Song of the Loom” staged by the Madras Players. Her novel Looms of Arivoor focuses on the travails of the traditional weaver. 

Has been a freelancer for The Hindu, Madras Musings and other journals for 40 years, writing extensively on craft and textiles, and dealing with the elderly. Has held the post of Madras Correspondent for women’s magazines like Femina, Eves Weekly and Flair. 

Regularly lectures on textiles for organizations, doing virtual and physical lectures. Was on the guest faculty of NIFT Chennai. Was consultant for New Shorrock Mills Ahmedabad Mafatlal in the eighties, working in their design section. Founded Amrapali Boutique, the first boutique in Chennai, and had a hand block printing unit. Has 43 years of hands-on experience with textiles, worked with weavers throughout India and organized exhibitions and ramp shows in India and Sri Lanka.

During the pandemic Sabita trained the impoverished weavers to be computer savvy, providing designs and marketing for 100 weavers in four clusters. She was a Senior Consultant at the Central Education and Research Centre, Kalakshetra Foundation for nine years and presently serves on their Handloom Board. Initiated the revival of the languished Kodalli Karuppur sari at Kalakshetra Foundation and and mentored clusters to revive the korvai saree weaving.

Member of Crafts Council of India. Offers scholarships for children below the poverty line. Founded UDHAVI in 2013, moved by the plight of the elderly left unattended, to light up the barren lives of some senior people. Her work with the elders inspired her to write A HANDBOOK FOR SILVERS. 

Awards: Probus Award of Excellence International Women’s Day 2017. SPARRC Trust Pride of India Award for Excellence in Journalism 2019. Rotary Club Award for Social Welfare 2021

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