Veeran is a spirited 75 year old living alone in the back streets of the town of Rohtak, north west of Delhi.
In her small, spartan home -the kitchen does not even have a roof- she symbolises one of India''s newest challenges.
More and more people are surviving into their seventies and beyond, thanks to overall improvements in health care. But there is a growing problem of destitution among the elderly too.
The tradition in India, as in many Asian societies, of younger family members caring for the elderly can no longer be relied on.
This is largely because of the impact of rapid urbanisation and increasing employment opportunities for women, the primary carers of older relatives.
Mike Wooldridge hears at first-hand how elderly people cope and how they see the changes taking place around them.
Those who neglect their relatives could end up before tribunals - but is this what the elderly themselves want?
The policy issues involved are crucial. It is predicted that by the middle of the century Asia will be home to almost two-thirds of the world''s older people.