Tuesday, April 20, 2010


What’s hobby? Why it’s so important? What is has to do with person? Why it’s frequently asked? These all are few questions which come in my mind as I hear the word ‘HOBBY’.
According to the Oxford Dictionary meaning, it means, ‘leisure time activity’. But for me, it has something deep meaning. For me it’s not only the activity which one does on leisure time, but it’s something which can be one’s profession. People find ‘hobby’ is just an activity which can be done only in free time to get rid of the boredom. It’s more important than what it actually seems. Whenever we fill our C.V., we come to a column ‘Hobby’. If it got a space in our C.V. then definitely it has some importance which we can’t ignore.
But then why does it have been so important? Someone told me, ‘A person’s character can be easily known by one’s hobby’. This might be the one reason that this minute thing has got importance in our C.V., which is the first entrance in any organization. One have hobby depending upon his character. Like a creative person would have a hobby which has creativity in it as painting, dancing and other such thing. And surprisingly at the same time there are few who don’t have any hobby. On being ask they say, ‘Hobby? I don’t have any hobby’. Which implies that they are just machine who believes in doing the monotonous work appointed to them. Tell me which organization, in today’s competition world would like to have a machine when they already have many machine to do make their job easy. They need someone who can fight this competitive world and will win.
But hobby is not only important in corporate world, it also shapes a person. It’s a stress buster. It, on other sense, means, what one does to keep the energy level, enthusiasm alive within him. Hobby brings life to a person. Some dance when they fell sad so that they can bring out all negative energy out through their hobby. Some like to listen music when they fell low. Some read novels to get their energy level back. There are many who would go for trekking on holiday so that they can return to their work place ,next day, with full of energy and enthusiasm. Physiologists suggest having a hobby.
But in today’s world, we do everything but ignore what’s important, ‘Hobby’. I’ve heard people saying, ‘I like to paint but don’t have time’. They complaint that due to their tight schedule, they don’t have much time to follow their hobby. Working for the whole week, they need full rest on their off days. They hang out with friends, go for drink, sleep, watch stupid programmes on television but don’t take out an hour for what they like. ‘I’ve loads of work and don’t get time for the hobby’. This case is not only with the professionals and grownups, even children are following this. They would love to watch ‘Emotional Attyachar’, ‘WWE’ and other to name a few in place of their hobby. Then they complaint about the pressure of study and growing competition. Parents are pretty ok with it. For them the children should stand in merit list even if he would sacrifice his/her hobby. Getting rich is important than success. This is the new funda of the modern society.
If one would ask me, what I personally fell about ‘Hobby’, I would say, “I’m a simple person like any other having two eyes to see, two ears to hear, one mouth to speak, one nose to smell and other parts of the body to do different work but one thing which distinct and separate me from the crowd is my Hobby. There are many who have the similar hobby, but then this is magic of ‘Hobby’ that it distinct you even being in a group of person. There might be no one who could think like me. My interpretation of certain thing and presenting it in writing or painting or photography can’t be done by other person who has the same hobby. Every mind works on its own, differently. The work of mind is presented by your hobby. Doesn’t matter if your hobby is cooking, stitching, watching movies, traveling, or any sort which re energize you, re-built your enthusiasm, works as stress buster and makes you fell fresh, it distinct you from other. It’s a color of your life which once gone makes your life black and white. It totally depends upon you that in this modern world when there are more colors available, you want your life to be colorless. So what’s your HOBBY?”


When I met my friend the other evening, we decided to have something light. I was unable to decide the good place. Then my friend suggested me a place and we decided to go there. Soon we landed up in Pradhikaran. I was standing in front of a cafe which was in a very small place. From outside it looked like any other cafe but as I entered, I was impressed by the ambience. With light colour wall and great lightning, the small place was looking very nice.
There was a small balcony and we decided to seat there. As we both wanted to have something light, we decided to have a Veg Grilled Sandwich and Finger Chips along with drink named Mango Slush and Blue Wave from a very nice Veg and Non-veg menu available. As I looked around after giving the order, I found a television playing IPL Matches, a very colour full light on one corner, a properly cubed and managed sitting arrangement, the half open kitchen and the colourful walls which catches your eyes. Soon after our order, we were served with our drinks. I ordered for Mango Sush. As I took the first sip, I felt the exact taste of Mango. The sweetness and the whole composition of ingredient were perfect. My friend was drinking the Blue Wave. Our drink was good. As we were drinking, one of the person came and asks, “Sir, if you find it sweeter then we would like to change it for you”. The way they treated it was appreciable.
Then as we again resumed our chat, we were served with a bowl of finger chips. As I took the first one, it was good. The crisp, less oil, properly baked. One feels the real taste. As we were in the middle of finishing the chips, there came the Veg grilled sandwich. They served it with few potato chips in a plate. I was unable to control myself after seeing it. As I took the first bite of it, I felt the cabbage, cucumber, tomato, and other such vegetables getting mix in my mouth. The taste made me to finish the whole sandwich in one take. The quantity and the quality of the food served along with the service they were offering forced me to call upon the owner and appreciate him.
The owner was just 26 years old young guy, Bhushan Bhangale, who has opened this cafe just 7 month back. He completed his Hotel Management course and then done his Post Graduation from London. Coming from a family where his father is into construction, it was not an easy thing to do. He got full support of his family and was successful in opening a cafe. When asked why did not he worked in a good Hotel, he says, “Working in a good hotel won’t pay one much then having a good cafe”. He wanted to get back to London again for working but then faced some VISA problem and stayed back in India. He wasn’t shattered by this sudden break of his dream. He thought of using his skill and opening a good cafe which will provide hygiene food and drink along with a good service. “I wanted to start with different kind of drinks then started off with some snacks too”, he says smiling. With its location neat to the Sambhaji Chowk, where there are more restaurants, it’s one which promises you to give nice foods with reasonable price.
With an option of joining his father’s business, he chooses of developing his skill and serving customer with delicious snacks. He takes care of hygiene. He makes sure that he should not mix up Veg and Non-Veg utensils and if he uses it, he washes it after every use. He manages his cafe only with one staff and himself. He attends every customer personally and takes their feedback. One, if really want to have a good food along with good service and reasonable price with added quality, should never miss out a good evening at a small cafe with good ambience and nice music at the background in ‘Liquid Bistro The Cafe’ near Sambhaji Chowk at Pradhikaran. I would suggest visiting at least one and experiencing it.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Why in life we make mistake? Why we commit certain mistake that change life, forever? I sometimes, personally, feel that this all mistakes we commit or do unknowingly the fact that it can affect our life, very badly, is all planned. But then the second thought which comes to my mind is that, if it’s planned then why call it as mistake?
Like any other thing, as they say, mistakes can be of two types. First, which is committed on a daily basis and that mistakes are usual. Second, which are committed occasionally. In case one, our life is hardly affected and we can escape by simply saying ‘SORRY’. Whereas in second case, it’s hard to escape. It’s get more complicated as we try to solve it. The reason is yet unknown. May be the Time, the great HEALER; want to heal the wounds in hearts. But this, would say, turns one’s life totally upside down. One just can’t escape this mistake. Try hard, but believe me, you can’t. It’s a surprise by GOD in our life. It’s something is planned for everyone’s life.
Something similar was planned for me too. And as I said, it’s a surprise, so I was never aware that a hurricane is about to enter my life and would change it. It’s that, I recognized after it went. At that point, when I sat to analyze the whole disasters situation, I discovered that it would have been saved only if I would have given a second thought to my action which gave birth to it. Then I felt, how stupid I’m? I wish, and I mean it, would have known about the outcome if it. But if, I would have known the outcome, it wouldn’t have been a mistake. Now, I think sitting within a four wall and under a roof, how great this whole thing is. I laugh at my mistake and at the same time cry. That’s what I’m doing now. Laughing ‘cause, I’ve not checked my action. And crying, as I’m badly hurt from within.
I committed my mistake ‘cause I was coward. I wasn’t sure of my actions. Afraid of committing a mistake. And want to avoid the worst situation. And now, here I’m sitting after committing a BIG MISTAKE. How funny, isn’t it? The thing I was trying to escape unknowingly moved towards it. We do this. Trust me; we do this kind of act. This all ruined stuff was the outcome of my insecurity. I was insecure of my feelings. I was insecure of my strength. I was insecure about being me. I simply thought that lets take the easy way to face this. And yeah, the road was easy as it took me to the mistake easily without knowing that I’m moving towards it. The journey was great. Easy and fast.
But you all know, I learnt something from it. I gained it after losing some. It’s all about ‘Give and Take’ after all. What I learnt is, trust you. Trust what you are doing. I came to know the proper usage of Mind and Heart. Heart is for feeling and Mind is for thinking. Love someone from Heart but think about the actions to express it, from Mind. This is what will lead you to the proper destination. Never, I repeat, never mix this two. If you do, then GOD GIVES YOU POWER TO FACE DISASTER. No matter how much I can try to explain you, one will learn from its own. So be prepared to face at least one hurricane in your life, which will not only turn your whole life upside down but will give you the worthy lesson of life, FREE.