Capt Haridas is 78-years young Naval veteran. He is retired but not tired and believes that retirement is only a lifestyle change, and life must go on and on.
Post retirement, he has been actively involved in social work, to pay back his share to the society with gratitude. His focus was on senior citizens-centric welfare activities. His objective has been to motivate senior citizens to live their silver innings, fully and age gracefully.
He was part of an NGO team in manning the helplines for Sr. Citizens. This helpline tackled the, emotional, security and legal related issues of Sr citizens and also guided them to engage in hobbies that prevent old age-related problems like Dementia etc.
He was the founder secretary of a Veteran Citizens NGO which had 500 plus senior citizens as members. This organization was conducting various activities like holding medical camps, conducting Intellectual sessions, organizing Picnics, publishing in-house Magazine. The helpline was guiding senior citizens to tackle health, emotional, security, and legal issues. It also guided the members to engage in hobbies that prevents old age-related problems like Dementia etc. Realizing the necessity of digital technology knowledge in day-to-day life, he was training Sr. Citizens on computer and smart phones free of cost.
He is a nature lover. He has done a biodiversity course conducted by Bombay Natural History Society. As a hobby he pursues birdwatching and photography.
He is a Marathoner, runs Half Marathon, for many charity races to raise money.
My wife Dr. Shanta Haridas, a gold medalist from AFMC, served in the Army as a Short Service Commissioned Medical officer. After release from the Army, she worked in the Central Govt, health Scheme. She, after retirement, has also been participating in health Camps organized by several NGOs in the service of underprivileged children and tribal communities.