The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Here’s to reinvention on a budget, or, as I like to call it… adventures in living la vida cheapo in retirement.

There is a new movie coming out that sounds right up my alley on this particular topic.  It’s about a group of British retiree expats who buy into a  luxury retirement development in a former Indian palace.  (A place so wonderful that old people will refuse to die!)  This group hope to reinvent themselves by creating a new life in sumptuous surroundings and live substantially cheaper than what they would back home.  Sounds good to me!   In the film, their adventures are chronicled in blog entries kept by Evelyn, a newly widowed housewife played by Judi Dench.  In one particularly poignant entry Evelyn writes “the challenge, is to cope with it, and not just to cope, but to thrive.”   That struck a chord for sure.

I wanted to post about this movie not just because I love the premise, but because there is a very interesting and I think brilliant idea attached to it.  Fox Searchlight, the movie producer has teamed up with both Civic Ventures (a boomer think tank where I heard about this idea) and Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel and a great org for mid-life learning adventures) to offer $150,000 in grants to people over 50 who are reinventing themselves by creating organizations that improve eduction, health care and social services in their community.    It’s called the Marigold Ideas for Good.      So if you’ve got an idea (or know someone who does) about how you can make the world a better place for future generations, throw your hat in the ring and enter.  They’ve got cool prizes too.

Check out the movie trailer – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  I think it opens May 4th.


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