Such activities are called ‘hobbies.’ Hobbies are activities which help us escape the daily grind of life and work and give us pleasure and peace of mind.
Because we are not being ordered to perform certain jobs which we may not be fond of, hobbies help to inculcate an appreciation for work rather than driving us away from it.
Through the course of our lives, we bide our time doing particular tasks that may either help us to earn our living or build the staircases to our futures and careers.
However, amidst these compulsory tasks, most of us also do things which we enjoy doing.
For instance, hobbies like stamp collecting, bird watching, photography, sports and music make our time worthwhile and give us information about different things. The joy of witnessing blooming flowers and leaves fills my heart with a sense of achievement and realizing the fact that the work of my own hands is bearing fruit definitely gives me pleasure.
Gardening also helps to keep me fit, strong and healthy for working away in my garden results in the beneficial kind of exercise that is good for both mind and body.
I have also read the humorous and satirical stories of Faturananda. They are enough to make you laugh and enjoy them, and at the same time, they expose the flaws and foibles of the present society. I have read some poems of Gangadharan and Radhanath. I cannot digest modern poetry because it is beyond my understanding.
However, I have read some of the poems of Sachi Rautray, Ramakanta Ratha, Dilip Das and Pratibha Besides Oriya books, I have read the stories from Shakespeare and Tagore and some poems of Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley and Robert rost.
I have developed a habit of regularly reading the verses of the Gita'. It instead gives me the knowledge and improves my standard.
I want to be a Karmayogi in my life, and go on with my actions without worrying about their fruit. It is true that one can not afford to buy so many books for one's hobby, and so can't I. So it is no more a problem for me to pursue my hobby.