I have always been a very creative person and find it relaxing to indulge in craft activities. There is a new modern term for this; ‘Do-It-Yourself’ or DIY. It largely means to create handmade products and includes a gamut of different crafts. Most of these ideas are relatively cheap and I love taking on new projects for home improvement. I’ve made coasters, revamped old dressers, painted a new lampshade, and stitched soft furnishings in the last 3 months alone. It keeps me occupied and enables me to think on my feet to create new designs. Furthermore, I am lucky that I can make personalized gifts for close friends and family. It’s a gesture they never forget!
I love learning new languages. I am a fluent speaker of 4 languages and I want to learn a few more. At present, I am learning Spanish and German. I have a tutor to learn German but I am studying Spanish on my own through a learning app on my phone. It is a challenging hobby but it keeps my brain and learning faculties from getting lazy. It excites me that I shall be able to see movies without subtitles, read original texts and connect freely with people from these areas. There is so much information and meaning that is lost in translation. Besides, it is also amazing to see the sort of similarities that exist between languages. For instance, Marathi and German have the same root language, Sanskrit! Interestingly, pineapple is called “Ananas” in both German and Marathi. When I learned this, I was amused but also thrilled by how close our cultures are. Beyond my love for languages, I take pleasure in reading and travelling to new places.
I have only one hobby. Yet, it consumes all my free time. I enjoy reading and have always been a voracious reader. Although I prefer reading fiction, I make a deliberate effort to read at least one non-fiction book in a couple of months. My first book was “Famous Five Go to Kirrin Island” at the age of ten. What I truly treasure about my hobby is its power to transport me to different locations whilst I’m still on my couch. It is a low budget travel option that I often take! Recently, I started attending book club meetings. It’s a group of 15 individuals and we meet on the third Sunday, every month to discuss books that we have read in that month. It’s wonderful how a few lines can have so many varied interpretations, and can give rise to a multitude of emotions and opinions. My hobby has made me develop analytical thinking and open-mindedness. Reading has also broadened my imagination across horizons. I wouldn’t possibly trade it for anything else, ever!
I absolutely love cooking. I can merrily state that my kitchen is my playground in every sense! My mother has always been a wonderful cook, and I feel she is my inspiration. I have seen her prepare scrumptious meals for hundreds of guests in a few hours! Honestly, I find cooking very therapeutic and look forward to planning my meals every day. Besides, my family and friends have always been very patient and supportive, and happily turn into guinea pigs for my experimental recipes! It’s only due to their encouragement and constructive criticism that I’ve gotten better at my hobby. Other than cooking, I like watching lifestyle channels and food shows. I also maintain a journal in which I keep jotting down my recipes from time to time and I might publish it someday!