Life during lockdown

He picks up hobby left over 20 yrs ago to kill boredom

He picks up hobby left over 20 yrs ago to kill boredom

Rajinder Singh makes a decorative items. Tribune Photo

Ajay Joshi

Tribune News Service

Jalandar, May 14

Making appropriate use of the lockdown period, Rajinder Singh (60), a local resident, has picked up his old hobby that he used to miss out during his busy routine.

“At a time when anxiety and panic have gripped most of us due to the pandemic outbreak, I am making art and crafts articles at home to beat the boredom. I had stopped the activity 20-30 years back due to work. But as everything is lying shut and we are confined indoors, I tried utilising the time in reviving my old hobbies and making crafts,” he said.

Best out of waste

Rajinder Singh (60) has been making articles from leftovers or discarded items such as wood, paint, chandeliers, lamps and papers, toys and plates. Apart from making furniture, he has modified toys into beautiful decorative bed chairs. For children in his locality and for his grandchildren, he has made attractive study tables.

He said most articles had been made from the leftovers or the discarded items such as wood, paint, chandeliers, lamps and papers, toys, plates etc. Apart from making furniture, he has modified toys into beautiful decorative bed chairs.

As he has 150 pigeons and birds, Rajinder Singh has carved out waste wooden and ply into small bird houses. “I spend 4-5 hours in crafting and make one or more items daily. For the kids in locality and for my grandchildren, I have made attractive study tables,” he says.

To explore his crafting skills, he even takes help of YouTube and Internet. During the lockdown only, he has learnt hundreds of news designs. The dysfunctional chandeliers at his home have been converted into decorative lights. After uploading his work on the social media, he has even started receiving orders and he believes that he can make designs of any kind and challenges himself daily to make something new.

He urged people, especially children, to make wise use of the lockdown and inculcate new hobbies.

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