For a person, who is retired, but not tired, it becomes difficult to pass time, particularly when he has no interest in watching film, theatre or TV or in reading or writing and has not yet developed any hobby like gardening, photography, art, religion, spirituality or philanthropy.
When someone asked such a fellow, “What do you do when you get bored?”
He coolly said, “I go to a mall and do all sorts of my shopping, then leave the trolley near the counter and come out.”
I came across an interesting incident of another retired person, who was accompanied by his wife too to beat the blues.
A traffic police constable was standing near the car parked in front of the mall, holding a challan book in hand. He and his wife, after coming out of the mall, went to him and started pleading “Bro, we went to the mall hardly for five minutes, leave us this time!”
The constable didn’t budge “Everyone says the same thing every time. No one admits mistake. Only a fine of one thousand rupees will deter people like you.”
“We know that we have committed a mistake. It won’t happen in future, and one thousand rupees are too much. We are retired persons, look at our white hairs.”
“You are driving a car worth a million, shopping at mall, you break the law, yet thousand rupees are costing you more? Come on, being an old man, this time I leave you with only five hundred bucks!”
“Will I get the receipt for those five hundred rupees?”
“O uncle, if you want a receipt, it will be made for one thousand rupees.”
“Why? Will you not give receipt for whatever money you receive? This is against the rules.”
The constable got angry, “Elderly people normally have a little patience, but you have started teaching me the rules.”
“Why don’t you say that you want a bribe?”
“Okay? Now you see, the mirror is broken, the rear number plate is not correctly written, and pollution certificate has expired.”
Seeing the amount of fine increasing to three thousand rupees, he asked his wife, “Why don’t you speak to him? May be he will agree.”
She started pleading with the constable, “Son, don’t get angry and feel bad about him. Take two hundred rupees and leave us.”
But the constable was adamant, “I don’t want your two hundred rupees. Now you have the receipt.”
This went on for the next ten minutes. They kept trying to convince him, but the constable was unmoved.
Then their bus arrived, they boarded it and returned home. They had gone there by bus only. The constable was nonplussed. He was now waiting for the car-owner.
This is one example of the time pass. Another is to go on telling such stories. People find their own ways to pass time. There are so many suggestions how to pass time in a constructive manner. They also know, they are not novice, but they have decided something different to keep themselves engaged and entertained.
I don’t have any grudge with such people, as they want to enjoy life without any hassles. Moreover, they can make us chuckle at times with their stories. Everybody has his or her own role to play in the world. This reminds me of John Milton, who in one of his sonnets, “On His Blindness” had said, “..they also serve who only stand and wait.”