Friday, November 24, 2017

Fact Not Fiction

Yet again the fabulous documentary makers at Channel 4 have come up with a super little 30 minute documentary about the only  Asian retirement home in the UK. Aashna House is situated in the Greater London suburb of Lambeth and has been open since 1993.  The Home comfortably houses 37 residents, there is just one rule, they have to be Asian, but they can be of any faith.

What a wonderful half hour I spent with an amazingly different group of people.  Mr Sen worked as an extra on James Bond films but he never married and hasn't had a visitor to Aashna House for the last 6 years. It is expected in Asian culture, and it is also a great honour to nurse your parents through their elder years. However, in the UK things are changing and second generation Asian families are working families who don't have the time to nurse and care for their elderly relatives. 

Mrs Ramjee was my favourite out this group of lovely people who really did touch my heart, she suffered a stroke 2 years ago and is now recouperating at Aashna House. Different cultures have always fascinated me which is handy as we are living in such a multicultural city as Dubai.

Take 30 minutes out and watch this amazing documentary, you won't regret it.

Well done to Aashna House for keeping their residents in the culture they have become accustomed too.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/asian-gracefully

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