The Seven Signs of Ageing…

With apologies to Olay, here is a lovely tag passed on to me by Itchy. Ageing to me has always been the big boogieman standing right at my door, waiting to sink his scythe into me. All that age builds character lines, and adds beauty and such like doesnt cut any ice with me, because frankly, after you get them wrinkles, no one calls them character lines any more. They’re wrinkles. And they age you. And they make you invisible in a public setting. It makes one angry and sourfaced, and leads to puckering and frowning, and therefore, more wrinkles. The horror, the horror.

Short of using a steam iron to keep the face wrinkle free, and staying clear of all the fancy creams on the market promising to do so and actually just succeeding in keeping your wallet wrinkle free (my favourite cream? Johnson’s Baby Cream. Works the best. Better than all the anti wrinkle/anti ageing stuff I’ve tried and I tell you I am a skin care product junkie), staying wrinkle free is also a matter of attitude. Here’s where I think the years are catching up with me:

1] By the time the man says let’s make a night of it, I am already snoring with my mouth open and drool dribbling down my chin.

2] I wear sunglasses not to look cool, but to protect my eyes from hurting in the bright sunlight. And also to prevent the wrinkling that will happen from squinting in the sun.

3] My greatest moves on the dance floor are getting out of the way quick and finding a comfortable seat by the side.

4] My idea of exercise is bending down to tie the shoe laces to my sports shoes.

5] I still remember the words to inane radio commercials of my childhood “mahabaleshwar ka Fountain hotel, phone number yaad hain na?”, TT Underwear Aur Banian, Raju tumhare daant motiyon jaise chamak rahen hain,  but cant, for the life of me, remember the lyrics to a song in a movie I watched yesterday.

6] My idea of roughing it out is staying in a hotel without 24 hour room service.

7] I look at myself in the mirror every morning and think, for an almost forty year old, I’m in damn good shape.  Thinking this as a youthful me, intent on starving myself into anorexia would have been blasphemy.

And for my tips on anti ageing:

1] Eat a well balanced diet. Take a multivitamin daily. Take enough Omega Fatty acids in your diet or through supplements. Drink enough water to keep your bowels clear.

2] Stay out of the sun or use sunscreen. Use sunglasses and a visor in the sun.

3] Get a complete night’s sleep every day. Stay away from late nights as much as you can.

4] Cut out or cut down the sugar, alcohol, cigarettes and toxic negative thinking. Stay away from toxic people.

5] Spend time with children. Pray every night.

6] Get some exercise daily even if it is just a walk around your block.

7] Laugh as much as you can. And try to make the people around you laugh.

I tag:


Mama Mia


Eves Lungs




Haffun girls.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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12 Responses to The Seven Signs of Ageing…

  1. thanks milady for doing it!!
    and offcourse i also remember hamdard ka tonic cinkara!


  2. Poppy says:

    *Plugs my ears* I’m not old . I’m not old.

    Great read.


  3. Sue says:

    So, I just got sadder and sadder as I went through the list.

    I was born middle-aged.

    *bursts into loud, childish tears*


  4. Sonia says:

    Hehe – too funny!!


  5. Gigi says:

    Sound advice Kiran!


  6. Some of this was so funny 🙂

    A nice easy read. Thanks.


  7. Param says:

    honestly i don’t mind ageing provided i don’t have to give my DOB in every damn official document:))i love telling people age is just a number but deep down i wish i was 10 yrs younger lol..nowadays my little tots have started asking mumma aapki age kya hai??uff mera kya hoga..btw there is no magic pill or cream to make us look young except positive attitude and humor..what say??


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