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All work and no play makes your life dull. So you need fun activities too. Hobbies are activities that are fun, entertaining and relaxing. Your hobby can be educative too. There are many kinds of hobbies. People pursue their hobbies with great passion and zest. Developing a hobby for your self will prove to be useful. Hobbies will help you use your leisure time gainfully. Your hobbies may be lifelong. You can pursue more than one hobby too.
Music, dance, reading, story writing, sports, philately, painting and theatre may all be hobbies. Interestingly, one person’s profession may be another person’s hobby. For instance, one could be a professional flautist, but for another playing the flute could be a hobby. A hobby is a fun activity that is pursued during one’s leisure hours.
You will find here a number of short paragraphs on the topic My Hobby of varying word lengths. We hope these paragraphs on My Hobby will help students in completing their school assignments. These will also help children to write and read out paragraphs in simple words and with small sentences. Students can select any My Hobby paragraph according to their particular requirement.
Paragraphs on My Hobby
My Hobby Paragraph – 1 (100 words)
I love to paint. It is my hobby. I paint with water colours. I like to paint beautiful landscapes. When we go on holidays to different places like hill stations, desert areas, river banks or the countryside, I always take my art material with me. I like to sit and paint a scenery as I watch it. The painting then is very vivid and comes alive. I find my hobby refreshing to me. I keep all my paintings carefully. I have participated in different art exhibitions and painting competitions at school and at state level events, and won prizes too.
My Hobby Paragraph – 2 (150 words)
I love to read. Reading is my hobby. I read books belonging to all genres. But it is adventure and mystery stories that keep me the most engaged. I enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. They are fascinating stories that keep me very captivated. I can read them over and over again and I enjoy them. I also love to read the Harry Potter series of books by JK Rowling. She has woven so much magic through her stories. I also liked reading books by Enid Blyton.
I am now starting to read Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. It will be very fascinating to read the high-fantasy book. I always write a review to a book once I finish reading it. It is an interesting exercise to do. It helps me to briefly write about what I liked and enjoyed or disliked about the book.
My Hobby Paragraph – 3 (200 words)
I find embroidery making very interesting. It is my hobby. I spend some time on it every day. It is very refreshing and relaxing for me to engage in my hobby.
I play with designs and colours. I can use different types of cloth to make embroidery on. I can choose many different colours of thread to make embroidery with. The patters I choose are also varied. I have made embroidered apparel and have always been excited to make a new item. Embroidery making is however time-consuming.
I have made many interesting items of embroidery. I have made a chocolate cake embroidery on a table cloth. It looks like a real birthday cake. I also embroidered sparrows on a stole. I love the sparrow but do not see it now-a-days on my verandah. My friends like my stole because they too miss the sparrow.
I am very fond of making embroidery on my mother’s sarees. My mother buys sarees on which I embroider small flowers, leaves and butterflies. My mother loves to drape these sarees. Embroidery can make designs alive in a very beautiful and colourful way. A plain apparel can become a fashion garment if it is embroidered tastefully.
My Hobby Paragraph – 4 (250 words)
I enjoy going to the forests. It is my hobby that I find very exciting. Traveling in forests leaves me refreshed and energized. I find myself close to nature in forest areas. I always like to be part of a nature group to go to a forest. I learn about the trees and animals from nature experts in such groups.
I enjoy walking through the trees and grasses and foliage. Walking through an untidy forest or grassland on the rough paths in it is like an adventure story unraveling before me. The air in forests is very fresh. It is not like cities where there is so much vehicular pollution that affects our health adversely.
I began going to the woods with my father as a child along with my sister and uncles and cousins. My interest in going to the jungles has grown over the years. I find going to such places very rewarding. I can see different kinds of trees, plants, flowers and fruits.
I can watch many different birds and hear their sweet songs and unique calls. I can see many beautiful and colourful butterflies. I also learn about many interesting natural phenomena of the jungle. I can watch the kingfisher catching a fish and eating it. I can watch a weaver bird get into its nest or a munia build its nest. I can watch from close quarters the wild creatures that I can never see in a town or city where there is human habitation.
My Hobby Paragraph – 5 (300 words)
I like making paintings with water colours as also oil colours. Paintings made with oil colours take time to make and get ready as the oils are slow in drying up. There is however a certain richness of colour in an oil painting. Water colours are quick to dry. I find the effect of water colours very soothing.
Abstracts are my favourite themes for painting. But there is meaning in the abstracts I make. They are not just a splash of colour. The abstracts I make are meaningful. I love to share the representations of my abstracts with those who ask to know it. When the meanings of abstracts are seen the paintings can be appreciated. Often the meanings of abstracts are not easy to decipher. But the coming together of colour and form in a painting is in itself beautiful.
I also like making portraits. I like to sit before a person and make their portrait. But this may not be possible always. I sketch portraits in black pen or in pencil. Portraits are interesting to make. I have made portraits of some celebrities and have had the opportunity to go and meet with them and have the portraits autographed by them. On a couple of occasions celebrities have wanted to have the picture with my signature. Such occasions humbled me.
Sometimes I make caricatures too. These are fun to make. They add a dash of humour to the portrait of a person. Subjects of my caricature drawings have never been offended by my work. They have liked my work and have praised it.
I find making drawings and paintings very rejuvenating. When I am lonely and bored my canvas and paper, tubes and bottles of colour and brushes give me wonderful company in a beautiful and colourful way.
My Hobby Paragraph – 6 (350 words)
Singing classical Carnatic music is my hobby. Although I like to listen to all genres of music, I love to sing the classical Carnatic genre of music. I listen to Hindustani classical music, as also to English, Hindi and Tamil pop music. I enjoy the modern genres of music too like rap and disco.
But classical Carnatic music is what I find very soothing and creatively fulfilling both to listen and sing. I can choose the raga I wish to sing or listen according to my mood too. I began learning Carnatic music when I was seven years old. I began to enjoy the music very much. I would write the lyrics of the various music compositions in my note book and make sure I learnt the pronunciations of the words very well.
I have engaged in a great deal of practise of singing Carnatic music. Practise makes perfect is an axiom applicable in every field including singing. I generally spend two hours a day singing Carnatic music. It is a very refreshing activity for me. I enjoy pursuing my hobby. I need to keep my throat clear so that I can sing. I therefore avoid eating ice creams and drinking chilled or frozen beverages. I also gargle every morning so that my throat does not get sore.
I have also bought a taanpura that I play when I sing. It is a musical instrument that provides the tune and tone for the music that is sung. I have participated in music competitions at school and at other public events and functions, and have won awards too. I am grateful to my music teachers and parents who have supported me and encouraged me at all times. Singing classical Carnatic music is also a stress buster for me. After a singing session I find I can also do my studies better.
I now encourage others to learn our classical music forms. These are the traditional Indian classical music genres and should be saved from getting lost, as many modern genres of music are getting more listenership and encouragement from the audiences.
My Hobby Paragraph – 7 (400 words)
I enjoy pursuing my hobby of collecting stamps. The collecting and study of stamps is known as philately. It is often called the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings. I was five years old when I started collecting stamps. My parents and teachers encouraged me to pursue my hobby.
I not only enjoy collecting stamps but also studying about stamps in general and about particular stamps too. I have learnt a great deal because of collecting a large number of Indian and foreign stamps. It is good to start collecting the stamps of one’s country at first.
I have a number of pen friends. I have been able to collect most of my foreign stamps because of writing letters to and receiving letters from my pen friends. I like to share stamps of India with my pen friends, and enjoy receiving foreign stamps in return.
Postage stamps are issued by countries around the world. Stamps are brought out in a variety of sizes and shapes. Stamps may be square, rectangular, triangular or circular. Stamps are also very colourful.
There are a number of themes on which countries issue postage stamps. The themes on which the postal department of a country brings out stamps are related to the country’s politics and history; business and economy; geography and landscape; culture and heritage; science and technology; art and architecture; flora and fauna; as also international issues. Great personalities and important events and occasions on the national and international arenas are also featured on stamps.
There are also some very unique stamps that have been brought out. Stamps are generally printed on paper, but there are stamps made on other interesting materials too like silk cloth and cork. Likewise, there are also stamps with flavours such as the Swiss chocolate flavor on a Swiss stamp, and the jasmine and sandalwood fragrances on Indian stamps. There is also a CD ROM stamp!
I find philately an engaging hobby. I also participate in philatelic exhibitions. I find it very interesting to prepare philatelic exhibits for competitions. It takes time to prepare the exhibits, but the effort is very rewarding. I have also won awards in the competitions.
Philately is an exciting hobby. Although the internet and smart phones have revolutionized communication with their speed, ease and reliability, letters still retain their charm. Writing a letter, the good old fashioned way, is always a pleasure.
——– Written by N. KALYANI