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Leisure Hours

English Essay on "Leisure Hours"

The best rule for the employment of our leisure hours is to make as marked a contrast as possible between our amusements and our work. It is a great mistake to make a practice of pondering over our work when we profess to be amusing ourselves, as is done by those students who, in the course of their solitary walks or in the cricket field, try to think out intellectual difficulties. Any one who does this is likely to return to his studies entirely unrefreshed and to find that he has spoiled his play without benefiting his work. This rule is so important that, if a student finds it impossible to avoid hard thinking in his solitary walks, he should either provide himself with a cheerful companion or else take to some other form of amusement. The sportsman who goes with his gun in search of game, the botanist looking for plants or ferns, and the geologist armed with a hammer, derive more benefits from the time they spend in the open air than the man who, simply from a sense of duty, compels himself to walk to a distant point and back again.

In Pakistan there is not much scope for the study of geology and botany, and the Pakistan student is generally debarred by circumstances and the laws of his caste from shooting or fishing, which the probably also regards as cruel pastimes. ‘Thus it happens that, unless he has a natural taste for outdoor games or can cultivate such a taste, he must often have resource to objectless walks along the sea-face. In Lahore there are so many place like Garden lanvence, Race Cource Ground, Model Town Park and Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park the recently established are very popular place among the people to walk and enjoy the leisure time. And many historical place line Badshahi Mosque, fort and Yadgar place arc both walking and enjoying and some place, arc also for those people who are adventurous nature. Like Park. Changa Manga small trains are also provided to the visitor to see each and every thing in these place to them.

Some of holidays that occur in term-time should he utilised for longer excursions. A day may be happily spent in visiting the Vehar and Tulsi Lakes, the cave temples of Kennery and Elephanta or the ruins of l3assein. A student who goes through his school and college career in Bombay without having sufficient enterprise to organise expeditions to these places, thereby shows himself to be singularly destitute of intelligent curiosity. May learned men “of foreign countries cross the ocean at great expense of time, money, and trouble, to visit what he, in the narrow-minded devotion to textbooks, does not think worth the trouble of a day’s journey.

So far we have been considering the way in which our leisure time may be profitably occupied, if we do not happen to have any natural inclination for active outdoor games. Those who are fortunate enough to enjoy such games as cricket and lawn-tennis, have no reason to trouble themselves in the intervals of work.

Their own n aural inclination direct them to the healthiest, pleasantest and therefore most profitable amusements in which an intellectual student can engage. The only danger is that the fascinations of these games may be too great to allow their votaries to devote a proper amount of time to their studies but this danger has not yet attained formidable dimensions in India.

For such as do not care for strenuous games, a hobby fill leisure hours with interest. Such pleasant hobbies as photography, sketching or carpentry are real recreations, because they rest the mind by occupying it with something different from our regular work.

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