What is common for Neha,Lavanya ,Geetha  Sarathy]and Dr.Shrikant  THEY ARE BORED Neha is[ 15] is in the nineth grade in a topnotch school in Bangalore.The best of coaching,the best of food and the best of cultural activities are at her disposal in the school.She is a good badminton player and represents her school in a particular age group.She learns classical music once a week.She learns classical dance again once a week and any dance program in her school includes her.An hours badminton coaching is a part of her regular activity.She has her own smart phone,laptop and music system.Yet she is bored.How are you Neha? Brings the unexpected reply-so boring. Lavanya is highly qualified-CWA,ACS,ADIT[International taxation]English proficiency diploma included.She handles back office taxation filing for a APAC country in a fortune 500 company.She is highly regarded ,gets award s one after other and earns 1.5 million rupees per annum.When you ask her she says life is boring-doing the same thing again and again.Everything is bound by systems and procedures and there is no scope for creativity.Even the awards at unfailing regularity do not excite her Geetha ,a mother of two children gets up at 5.30 am,successfully serves breakfast and packs lunch for her husband and children by 8.30 AM. Maids come in quick succession to wash vessels,sweeping and mopping, loading washing machine and laying the clothes for drying and dusting.Some one comes in the evening for making chappathis and subji. Geetha watches TV for some time aimlessly alternates between Face book,Twitter and whatsup .She takes a book to read which leads to a power nap.Her voice sounds bored and yawning, she speaks with her close friend on sweet nothings .She comes to life only when her children come back from school.Obviously she is bored during the most productive part of the day. Sarathy  is working in Administration in a PSU.His job is to assist his boss in maintaining discipline and also initiate disciplinary proceedings against erring staff.Nobody helps him as none is trained in handling personnel matters.He is a self taught man wading through books and manuals ,having started his career as a steno.When there is trouble his seniors consult him for handling a delinquent employee. Many cases fail as judiciary tends to give benefit of doubt to employees and Sarathy is relieved but agonises over the solitary effort he has to put in to present a good case.He has reached the end of career advancement and he is at Executive Menopause stage.He is thoroughly disgusted with his official life and is waiting for the pay commission report to seek early retirement. Dr.Shrikant  is a retired Professor of Pathology and stopped practice when he was 65.With well placed children and adoring circle of friends he had a roaring time in Hubli until tragedy struck.He lost his wife due to lung infection when he was 72.He now shuttles between his children in Bangalore and London.He feels that he has lost his freedom.His attempt to practise failed as he has not kept in touch with developments in the medical field for 7 years. He is a terribly bored man unable to spend his time and lack of mental activity has led to dementia and sometimes vertigo. Hope I have presented convincing cases to prove the pervasiveness of boredom in different age groups. I shall now try to analyse the causes for this malady but not in the order of priority or importance. Technology is the main culprit.Our threshold level of patience has gone down with technology speeding up completion of jobs.One service engineer told me that my laptop is slow and he offered to upgrade.I said no, as slow speed helped me to spend some more time with the laptop. We are becoming restless and when we have nothing to do we aimlessly reach for the phone and shift from one social media to another even though we might have done this only a few minutes earlier. Monotony engulfs you waiting for checking in at the airport,collecting baggage and waiting for your turn to get into the car.Waiting at traffic signals and crawling through the traffic snarl add to our boredom. Repetitive jobs with predictable outcome result in lack of interest in the details of the task and the required concentration.Lack of novelty kills creativity particularly those who love out of the box solutions.Teenagers are bored with restrictions on every thing they do leaving a frustrated feeling that they have no say in what they do. Lack of meaningful interaction between family members and spending quality time is the villain of the piece. Finally many are not clear what they want out of life. While shedding boredom is completely in the hands of the individuals certain actions/activities have been found to be successful. Cooking was an art during my mothers time.During our time cooking alternated between necessity and art.Today cooking is considered a dispensable necessity.Cooking for four people is over in an hour and fifteen minutes[my personal experience]In the earlier days of joint family there was always something or other to do.Many enterprising women have now turned into homechefs and offer exotic items-in the process satisfy their creativity and become economically free.Excellent receipes and videos are available to guide us.[I am a fan of Madam yogambal Sundar-puduyugam rusikkalam Vanga] For teen agers give them a goal post and time frame instead of micro management.Go all out to support them atleast in one activity which interests them and in which they show promise. Let them spend some time with their friends,however keeping an eye on the profile of their friends. Music with ear phones plugged in certainly help get over the boredom while waiting and watching movies, you tube on your Ipad is a big help while travelling be it train,car or aircraft. Solving puzzles,Sudoku etc wii keep you concentrated.. Group activities like senior citizen club or lalitha sahasranamam group keep seniors active.I find that 5.30 to 7 pm is the most boring period. Playing a game of scrabbles or cards with family members brings about happiness and bonding.Raise a small balcony garden and each flower or vegetable will lift your spirits up.Watching a TV program together is also a big help. From personal experience company of books is the best resource for completely eliminating boredom.Book lovers will swear by this formula. Meditation and yoga when practised regularly help restore inner peace to deal with boredom.Let us try whatever possible and root out boredom which they say is the root of all evil-alcoholism,gambling,drug addiction etc to name a few.At 83 I am not bored and therefore why should youngsters get bored?