Some friends and I were discussing hobbies and interests.

The dictionary meaning of hobby is ‘an activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure‘. It is another matter that some people have been successful at turning their hobbies into income generating businesses!

Some people pursue their hobbies right from childhood throughout their whole lives. Others outgrow the hobbies- like collecting rocks, leaves, etc- they had as children, and acquire new ones when older.

Some friends said they were ‘passionate’ about their interests. This conjured up the picture of the two noblemen in Shatranj Ke Khilari who continued playing chess, completely oblivious to the events unfolding around them.

 I’ve been thinking about this, and have come to the conclusion that I don’t think I’m ‘passionate’ about any hobby. I enjoy doing a number of things. Reading is an interest that I acquired very early in life-  and it is still with me!  But I can’t really say I would continue reading a book if the world was crumbling around me!

What about you?  Have you any hobbies that you enjoy very much?  Gardening, sports, or travelling,  maybe?  Reading, music, cooking, collecting stamps or learning new languages? Perhaps  just sitting in the garden?

 Or any that you are ‘passionate’ about?

[Shatranj Ke Khilari poster courtesy Wikipedia]