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Hari Baskaran is a champion of active ageing at the age of 71.
At 60, Hari took to cycling to stay fit and as a hobby. He participated in several cycling events and intercity cycling expeditions. He dedicated a 250 kms cycle ride at the Desert 500 Ultra cycling event in 2015 to children affected by cancer, in partnership with the Indian Cancer Society, and raised funds for this noble cause.
He has also gone on many treks in the Himalayas, including one to a height of 5000 metres in Himachal Pradesh in 2016. He has written four books, the last of which was a popular book on the Anglo-Indian community, ‘These bloomin’ Anglos,’ which he published in 2018.
In January 2019, at 70, Hari went on a cyclothon to celebrate active ageing and to draw attention to the critical support needs of the elderly, in partnership with HelpAge India. He cycled from Chennai to Delhi, approximately 3000 kms over two months. He stayed at many old age homes, visited orphanages and schools for disadvantaged children and the visually impaired, and interacted with senior citizens associations to encourage and bring cheer to them.
Hari is an alumnus of the College of Engineering, Guindy and the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru. In his illustrious career he was the Executive Director at Xerox India and the Executive Vice President at HCL Infosystems. He retired from the corporate world at the age of 64 and has since been leading an active and fulfilling life following his dreams and passion.