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At 40 I Became Courageous: Neelesh Misra Shares Story Of Continuity At 40After40 Retirement Expo

Turning 40 was a major milestone in his life. “I hadn’t started living until 40 but then the life before that taught me all that made the 40 after possible,” Misra said.

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Pragya Vats
January 24, 2024
Neelesh Misra at 40after40 Retirement Expo, Mumbai

Neelesh Misra at 40after40 Retirement Expo, Mumbai

Ending the Day 1 of Outlook Money’s 40After40 Retirement Expo on a poetic high, Neelesh Misra, journalist, author, radio storyteller, scriptwriter & lyricist said that his journey started at 40. “At 40 I became courageous when I started Gaon Connection and I became a story teller. I was few months away from turning 40 when I went to my editor-in-chief and said I wanted to go on sabbatical. That’s when the journey began for me, Neelesh said. Speaking in the last segment of the day, India’s most loved story teller energised the audience with an evening of storytelling in his spotlight session titled ‘Turn Slow with Neelesh Misra: Life is a story of continuity’.

Recalling the time continued, “I started a band, a band called ‘Nine’ where we started storytelling and music. A world I hadn’t known, I rediscovered at 40. I didn’t seek it, I didn’t want it.” “I call myself a failed entrepreneur because success is measured by how much you make and not what you do with it. But I am greedy; I am greedy about doing many things. I am leading multiple lives doing multiple things. I left Mumbai at 40,” Misra said.

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“When my wife asked – Ghar Kahan hai? (Where is the house?) I didn’t have an immediate answer. I felt I was fake. Also, we haven’t been taught to take risk but play safe. But I sold my house to start Gaon Connection. Since then, I have been chasing dream. And the thought that whatever I do, I should do good. All my dreams have origin in my roots – in the village, where my father started a school. We went back to the place and built a home. My home is called Slow because that’s what we felt when we are there,” he recalled his journey.

Turning 40 was a major milestone in his life. “I hadn’t started living until 40 but then the life before that taught me all that made the 40 after possible,” Misra said.

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He ended the session with the song from the movie Barfi starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. The song ‘Kyon, na Hum Tum’ was written by him and was a major chartbuster.

Outlook Money’s 40After40 Retirement Expo is unique and first of its kind event in India which aims to help people navigate the exciting phase of life after 40. It is a one-stop destination for all things retirement! Outlook Money 40After40 Expo will be providing insights and guidance regarding retirement planning and financial freedom.

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The unique expo aims to redefine retirement concepts, bridge the knowledge gap and set the stage for discussions on all the aspects of retirement planning—from financial to lifestyle-related. It helps individuals interact, understand and reach solutions that are suitable for them for a fulfilling retired life.

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