The common notion about retirement is that it's something to look forward to, a time to relax and enjoy one's remaining years after decades of putting the nose to the grindstone. But that is the upside. The downside is the feeling of becoming useless, sensing the brain atrophying. There's nothing to do but watch the paint dry.
Standing In Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin, 356pp, 2012 Orion paperback. Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 625 baht
A colleague bought a pretty little house in the country in England with his savings, never tiring of showing its picture around, surrounded by a white picket fence. We wished him off at the airport. In a matter of months, word reached us that he'd died of a heart attack.
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