What Do Retired People Do?

At around 10.30 AM every Sunday without fail, my Godson ND will ring me up to catch up with or share any news that may have transpired the previous week. I always end the call with the quip that he should not worry as I am still alive and kicking. His inevitable quip will be that he just wants to ensure that I don’t change my mind about including him in my last will and testament.

Last Sunday was no different except that he was very excited about something that reminded him and his lovely bride RD of my plight. Both had seen the latest version of Reality Show “Big Boss”. In that episode it was revealed that a well known Bhajan Singer Anup Jalota 65 was dating 28 year old Jasleen Matharu.

Both RD and ND felt strongly that if Anup Jalota could date a lady 37 years younger to him, so could I and that I should start looking around seriously. Nitin in all earnestness asked if the two of them should start playing cupid.

We had a good laugh and I thought that the story was over.

This morning however the topic was re-ignited by an old colleague SVP in a WhatsApp group to which both of us belong. All of us in that group are retired old foggies and exchange jokes and political barbs at each other in the group. To SVP I quoted an Ancient Saw in Sanskrit that goes as follows:

When not practiced, knowledge is poison; in indigestion, food is poison |
poison is gathering/festivities for the poor; old man’s young woman is poison ||

अनभ्यासे विषं विद्या अजीर्णे भोजनं विषम् ।
विषं सभा दरिद्रस्य वृद्धस्य तरुणी विषम् ॥

anabhyAse viShaM vidyA, ajIrNe bhojanaM viShaM |
viShaM sabhA daridrasya, vRiddhasya taruNI viShaM ||

Another mischievous colleague SST simply added below that quote — “Jealous”.

A while later, the first poster came up with this image.

The background to the picture is that India’s Supreme Court has just struck down an Archaic British legacy law against homosexuality.

Now, I wonder if a message is being sent by SVP to both SST and me!

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