Posted by: Madhavi CN | July 30, 2011

Hobbies: Have you heard of these?

The funniest part in a student’s resume is the section on hobbies and interests. Having picked up that every résumé needs to have that section, they attempt to fill it with what they think is the best. Isn’t that what one is supposed to do?

As little kids, we collected matchbox covers, bus tickets, stickers, chocolate wrappers, ribbons, pencils and a few years later, we started collecting stamps, coins, greeting cards and anything that is colorful or rare. As we were about to leave our teens behind we were into collecting music tapes, books, letters from friends and so on. Apart from the hobbies that include collecting ‘stuff,’ there were always hobbies like dancing, painting, swimming, singing, cycling, reading, skating etc. that occupied us in an interesting way in our spare time. Everyone had some hobby or the other until they entered college and from there on the hobbies teetered gradually and disappeared altogether in a day or two.

After that phase, if someone asked about what the hobbies were, or if there was a need to design the résumé, the quick answers would be:

  • Cricket (you sometimes get to hear it as kirrket in the one-to-one interaction): Watching and commenting from the couch, or at the most playing the game on the computer is what one needs to do to get qualified to showcase it as a hobby. Commentating or playing it rigorously is like sweating too much. Cricket is a religion here.
  • TV: True, this is the phase when hobbies are more nouns than verbs. I wonder what it could mean when the guy says TV is a hobby! And as if they are a class apart some add on to say that they do not watch any of the serials but only the so-called reality shows. I have never seen anything more unreal than a reality show on TV. India, America, Europe or anywhere in the world – the reality shows remain the same.
  • Movies: This is the best among the lot. The person watches any movie of their superhero – Superstar Chiru, King Khan, Victory Venkatesh, Prince Mahesh, Nags, Bala Krishna (yes he does have fans), that is on T.V or in the film theatre and considers ‘movies’ to be the hobby. It always make me wonder why I get only the heroes names from the girls as well as boys. Once when I asked them to comment on the current films, I was given an enthusiastic talk about Power star Pavan Kalyan giving his 100% to his movies, the unique subjects that he chooses, the great roles he assays and so on. The after taste of that interview remains with me.
  • Making friends: If I am a little outgoing, I think I can claim ‘making friends’ as a hobby. I come across this hobby while I interview candidates for the marketing or sales position. These guys really did their homework when they picked that hobby  in sync with the resume-writing tip that says the hobbies you write about must match the qualities the position requires.
  • Internet:  Hours of browsing on no specific topic, perhaps qualifies ‘Internet’ as a hobby! But no, most often Internet as a hobby meant that a person was an ardent fan and user of any of the chat rooms. Scary!
  • Facebook: This is a hobby that I am finding since a couple of years – comparatively new but spreading prolifically in the hobby section.  Google+ got to take note. There are guys who are such lovers (likes, likes more likes) of Facebook that they wake up every couple of hours even in the night to check it and update their status with ‘sleeping’ or ‘going back to sleep.’ I personally think the second status is more logical. Then there are some who have 2000+ friends – these guys are into ‘collecting friends on Facebook.’ Wonder how many of them they can recollect, at least by name, without the help of Facebook search! If you joined their list today, you would find about 50% of your ‘friends’ on their list by tomorrow. Watch out!
  • Others: We cannot go away from this topic without mentioning these. To name a few, every now and then I come across: Sleeping, Watching people, Dreaming, Singing in the bathroom (?), Talking, Eating Popcorn…

On a serious note, it is time to cultivate some interesting or meaningful (to us to start with) hobbies if we have none so far or have imagined one from the above list. Hobbies calm us, make us feel in control and enrich us.

You start working on wood and you realize you are the boss of the wooden piece in hand. As you get involved in clay modeling or pottery, you become oblivious of the world’s imperfections. Sewing and embroidery are equaled to meditation and Zen. Crosswords and Sudoku keep you alert well into your nineties (yes, hobbies make you live long and healthy too). If a good game of cards is what you look for, you can always say it helps in your networking. 😉

Explore, experiment and then enlist it on the résumé.

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Responses

  1. Nice post, M! When we were younger, Telugu magazines had a ‘Kalam Sneham'(Pen friendship) section where a person listed their address and hobbies for others to start communication with them. Around 70% of them had ‘Prakruthi aaradhana’ listed as hobby!!

    • ‘Prakruthi aradhana?’ Whenever I decide I need to do some lazying, I think I too do that. Nothing against ‘Prakruthi aradhakulu’ though.

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