All through our life, we are always busy with work. And, to be truthful, most of the time we are burdened with what we do; this is, perhaps, because we have to do it even if we don’t take delight in doing it. Such work helps us earn our bread. That gives us financial support but for which we would not be able to sustain. But, unfortunately, since such work is obligatory, we become tired of it sooner or later. And for this reason, during our leisure time and having our financial requirements fulfilled, we want to do something which would give us not financial assistance, but pleasure-pure pleasure with the immense possibility of the satisfaction of the thirst for creativity and plain curiosity. This leisure-time work, which we do not for living but for life, is called a hobby.
To go back to history, all great men and women that we meet in history had some hobbies. Of these, some were most peculiar and strange. Such hobbies include collecting pens, and antiquities, fiddling, just looking at the sky, and even killing flies. And in the present day too, almost every person, great or common, has his/her our hobbies. For example, some like to collect stamps, some book, some others pens, and so on. Not only collecting things explain hobby very much; there are other activities too. For instance, we see that gardening, photography, painting, singing, reading, writing all these have been found to be taken as hobbies by many people. Every person, indeed, choose his/her own hobby according to the time available to him/her, his/her peculiar temperaments, and creative impulse.
The importance of hobbies needs no mentioning. It is our hobbies that best explain what our inner beings are like. Man’s compulsory work establishes him, but what expresses and nourishes him is his hobby. Only in hobbies can he exert the full strength of his creativity with full freedom. It makes him curious and satisfied at the same time. Since, as a rule, the man demands no material benefit from hobbies, he usually gets from it what he does not greedily and consciously wants. Thus he gets more than he wants and a bliss of satisfaction overwhelms him.
Therefore, we can say that hobby takes a man through the exercises of how to work without being worked by; how to keep away from selfishness. Hobbies, thought of in this point of view, have undoubtedly a magic touch with which they enliven us both internally and externally. Moreover, hobbies save us from being involved in any illegal or harmful or meaningless activities which could easily entice us taking the opportunity of our leisure time. And this is a great benefit, indeed.
The selection of hobbies, however, poses some responsibilities on us. That is, before selecting any hobby, we have to be certain that it in no way harms or irritates others. Again, since some hobbies demand the spending of much money, we have to be sure that the hobby that we choose does not go beyond our means in terms of financial expense. And what is more, we must check that hobbies do not consume up all our time and make our valuable work-hours futile. Yet another point which is no less important is that we must, as far as hobbies are concerned, take care that they do not become our addiction.
It is sometimes said that hobbies are luxuries of the rich. But that is not true. Every man–poor or rich-can have a hobby that suits him. The complaint, however, draws our attention when we see that people are inseparably addicted to and obsessed by hobbies at the cost of their essential activities of everyday life.
What hobbies should we select from the perspective of Bangladesh? This is, though having hobbies necessarily needs no criticism, an important question to answer, as far as we remember that we are all citizens of a poor country like Bangladesh. But the answer could be given with some slight touch of suggestions. In this developing country of ours, it would be prudent of us to select such hobbies that could help our societies advance or in some way or other introduce our country to the other parts of the world. Keeping these objectives in mind, we could choose such hobbies as working for the eradication of illiteracy, gardening, photography, and others.
Rabindranath said a man should have some hobby whatsoever. He was right. The only hobby makes us work without leaving us tired. Hobby refreshes us, entertains our mind, and enhances and sustains our creativity. The hobby has no alternative, so to say.
Introduction: Hobby means one’s optional occupation but not one’s main business. It is a favorite pursuit followed as an amusement. Man does not live on it but it is not less important.
Kinds: Hobby is of many kinds. They are gardening, kite flying, stamp collecting, angling, painting, collecting of autobiography, beekeeping etc. Personal or individual hobby differs from man to man (person to person/individual to individual). Different people have different tastes, likings and so their hobbies are different.
A great man like Rabindranath Tagore, Count Leo Tolstoy, Bernard Shaw, Alexander Pope, Napoleon Bonaparte also had their own hobbies.
My hobby: As a man, I have the main business to maintain the family. Despite a world of infinite pain and suffering, I think it better to spend my leisure in some delightful activities. So my mind is scared like the flower. No sign of any kind and category could touch me even today. Among all hobbies, gardening is my liking. To me, no other hobby is exciting and interesting as it. I want to have relaxed by working in the garden. I am favored with a standardly sized plot of land for gardening in front of my reading room.
Reasons for choosing this hobby: Choosing a hobby depends on a personal affair, personal taste, personal capacity and time suitable for the age. Since flower is the symbol of holiness and purity. I like selecting and taking up gardening as my hobby. Ono
Time of working: To work in the garden I have found out a timetable. I work in my garden in the morning and evening. I plow the plot of land. I make the soil loose, weed out the unwanted grass and bushy plants which harm my garden. I have put a strong fence with bamboo and herbs around the garden so that the naughty boys and harmful animals can do no harm for it.
Planting flowers: I have planted many flowers in the garden. I have in my garden planted the rose, the marigold, the Beli, the maloti, the Shefali, Kamini, Gandharaj, hasnahena, Chameli, Champa, Palash, Jui etc. In another portion, I grow vegetables like carrot, Amarnath, cabbages, cauliflower, lalshak, colokeshia. brinjal, okra etc. Each flower has its scent and color. The vegetables I have planted have grown well and can meet up our need.
Source of joy and income: The garden is a source of joy and income. When the flowers are in full bloom, the garden looks smiling. Sweet scent spreads from the blooming flowers. The garden with its blooming flowers has made my house look very beautiful. Each flower has its sweet scent and fragrance. When I look at the garden, my heart dances out of joy. My joy lies in giving my friends flowers. During festivals friends, relatives and neighbors send for flowers. Vegetables also grow in plenty in my garden. I sell both flowers and vegetables in the market and earn a good amount of money. This is also helpful for my family’s expenditure.
Usefulness: Gardening provides us with both joy and income. The modern age is also beset with innumerable problems. If we make ourselves mere slaves of a routine, we shall find life very much boring, monotonous, dull and cheerless. But we can avoid or remove the monotonous life to find a lot of funs. When I fall a victim to a monotony of life, my garden provides me an immense pleasure removing it. It promotes my health both physically and mentally. When I work in the garden, I feel fresh, tensionless, and very fine. I think I am helping in the work of creation. Gardening stimulates me to learn my lessons. Because it removes my day’s boredom. “Work is worship” — goes a wise saying. I find the maxim quite justified in gardening. Working in the garden saves me from coming in touch with a bad company both in the morning and in the evening. My mind seems to be filled with good thoughts. Ho Hobbies in other countries: Hobby differs from one country to another. What is a hobby in our country may be an important business in other countries In Europe, the hobby is a popular occupation with the spread of education. Most civilized countries have realized hobbies and their significant aspects.
Conclusion: Hobby many time becomes an important business if special attention is paid. My hobby gives me pleasure along with the feeling of interest in studies and other works.