California Sikh farmer still working at 105

Activity is life, life is activity. The people that kill time, they kill themselves, says Bakhtawar Singh Brar who celebrated his birthday at his working desk

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California farmer Bakhtawar Singh Brar still working at 105 – Photo: KGET.com video

“Activity is life, life is activity. The people that kill time, they kill themselves. Retiring means what? Lying in bed. Farmers and soldiers never die in bed.”

Bakhtawar Singh Brar celebrated his birthday from his desk, at work. The man hasn’t stopped working a day in his life and he says work is what keeps him alive, reports KGET.com.

The decorated Indian army veteran moved to the U.S. in 1980 when he was 68. He was told, at his age, he should apply for a pension.

“I said ‘thank you very much ma’am, I don’t need it,” the newspaper quoted him. “She said, ‘why?’ I said, ‘what have I done for this country, nothing. I don’t want to be a burden here. I will earn it if I need it.”

He then started working as a farm worker to earn a pension for himself and his wife. Bakhtawar has been overseeing his son’s agriculture company since 2006.

“A person is never useless in their life, they may go down in performance, but everyone can do something for their country,” he said.

Check out the KGET video here.

 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. That is the attitude and the greatness of an Indian & a Punjabi, so proud to be an Indian & Punjabi.

  2. I wish him a long & happy life. He is true follower of Gurbani-princilpe Naam japo,kirat karo & vand chakku. means remember the Guru, do work & share your earning. stay blessed by Guru.

  3. A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BRO, SARDAR BRAR, WHICH LEAVES A MESSAGE FOR WE ALL AS GURBANI VICHAR- NAAM JAPO, KIRAT KARO & VAND CHAKUO MEANS REMEMBER GURU, DO WORK & SHARE

  4. GURUBANI SAY/ADVICE US THROUH SAYING US THAT KIRAT KARO, NAAM JAPO & WAND CHHAKOO WHICH IS SAME AS WORK HARD,REMEBER GURUBANI & SHARE IT TO ALL. SO IT A GOOD EXAMPLE OF SARDAR MANBHAKHTAWAR SINGH BRAR, WHICH LEAVES A MESSAGE FOR US TO FOLLOW THE PRINCIPLE OF GURBANI.

  5. Hi Manher Nd Maj Jasbir,
    I am older of his two son’s visiting India. You could reach me at 856 788 3636.
    Maj MS Brar.

  6. MANY BELATED HAPPY RETURNS TO BHAKTAVAR SINGH BRAR SAHEB JI !!
    MY DEDICATED PRANAAM & FULL SALUTE TO THE DECORATED VETERAN. I FEEL VERY VERY PROUD TO BE INDIAN, WHERE BHAKTAVAR SINGH BRAR COMES FROM. I WISH HIM FULL HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ALL THROUGH MANY MANY MANY MORE YEARS AHEAD…AND KEEP HIM HAPPILY FIT & ACTIVE GIVING ABSOLUTE INSPIRATIONS TO ALL THE GENERATIONS FROM HIS PRINCIPALS OF LIFE & WORK…BLESSINGS ALL THE WAY TO HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY TOO TO KEEP HIM HAPPILY GOING…!!
    PRANAAM !!

  7. Great to see a Major turned farmer Bhaktawar Singh Brar Ji.I wish him a long life. Please share his contact details.

  8. Please send me contact of BAKTAWAR SINGH AS I M HIS FEN .I WANT TO SEE HIM.MY CONTACT NUMBER AS WELL AS WHATS APP NUMBER IS SAME i.e.+91 22 9967634479.i m from Mumbai.India.pl pl pl give me his contact detail, i will very thankful to u all

  9. Can you please share the contacts of

    1 Maj (Retd) Bhaktawar Singh Brar, and
    2 S Gurtej Singh Sandhu.

    Thanks

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