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Posted at: Jan 5, 2018, 2:28 AM; last updated: Jan 5, 2018, 2:29 AM (IST)

Follow the heart’s calling

In January, which is celebrated as the Hobby Month, here’s catching up with a few enthusiasts from the city who live life to the fullest


How often do you take out time to do what you truly enjoy; something that’s solely for you, something that you love? Well, not many take out time from personal or professional commitments to pursue something that connects them to their inner self, lets their creativity flows, keeps them in balance and pushes them towards their chosen path. Since January is celebrated as the Hobby Month, we speak to some on what keeps them hooked and how!

Trek on

For 27-year-old software engineer, Ankur Aggarwal, office work pans out to endless hours in front of the screen; his escape – trekking. While for some a hike is all about picturesque posts about the adventure, it is not the same for this fitness freak. For him, a trek is a test of one’s body’s and mind’s endurance. 

Come month end and he’s looking forward to walk on the frozen Zanskar river in Ladakh! Chadar Trek is his most ambitious ever and he is all ready. “It’s easy to lose way under modern-day stresses, but a hobby keeps you on track, keeps you focussed on a goal and is most fulfilling,” says Ankur, whose last hike was at the Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland. He tips, “Acclimatise your body before you start anything ambitious, be with a trained group if you are trying something as adventurous as Chadar trek.”

All about aroma

Karanbir Singh Waraich, apart from being a fashion photographer, loves to identify himself as an ‘aromachologist’; though his love for psychology of aromas results in him researching about fragrances and a collection that runs into hundreds. It all happened one evening in 2011when as a student he decided to spend a significant chunk of his pocket money on a Dolce & Gabbana The One fragrance. “In student life one is open to experimentation; thankfully for me the bug to collect top of the line essences remains my only addiction,” he says. 

He cannot hold back the enthusiasm to share ‘sweet’ stories. “Do you know Chanel No. 5, though debuted during 1920s, gained fame later as this was one fragrance that soldiers carried as a gift to their girlfriends post World War II from Paris?” On a philosophical note, he says, “It’s important to have a few tastes that are not guided by demands of your life, your private haven, your personal retreat.”

Riding a dream

One is not just born to pay bills and the philosophy of Gaurav Bharti. In absolute love with his Harley Fat Boy, after making the costly purchase, he even spent some eight lakhs on accessories alone! “You know this very headlight costs a lakh,” he proudly touches his beauty, comparing it to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ride in Terminator 1. “Each one of us is going through their own challenges, a hobby helps one connect with the like-minded and enjoy life truly.” 

If his favourite time of the week is Sunday breakfast ride with Harley Owners Group, he’s specially looking forward to the impending ride with other fellows to Goa. “See what you cannot do alone, you do in company, I have explored life and places along with my riding brothers.”

Adrenaline rush

Major Priya Jhingan is one woman into adventure sports and skiing is her latest passion. It was five years back that she first tasted this thrill on the slopes of Gulmarg and has since then moved to Crotched Mountains, Boston, and now looking forward to Auli slopes in Uttarakhand. “A hobby is another way to keep loving life; and adventure sports can really keep you fit,” says Major Priya, who can hardly wait to navigate treacherous slopes and enjoy the thrill season after season! 

Carving dreams

“Profession is for the client, hobby is for self,” believes Manoj Kumar Rawaldhia. A fashion designer, who made it to Gen X Lakme Fashion Week, enjoys carving as a hobby. “It all started when I found a bark at the Sukhna Lake and started shaping it with my Swiss knife,” shares Manoj, who eventually graduated to pencil lead miniatures. Ever since, it has been his go-to activity. “A hobby allows you to do something with all your heart. Designing is my work, but carving gives me positivity that is unparalleled,” says Manoj, who is half way through with a wooden carving of a mermaid currently.


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