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LEISURE ACTIVITIES Leisure may be defined as the spare-time which a man gets after his bread and butter activities are over. It is the time which a man is free to pass in any way he likes. He has already his day's work. He has no longer to worry about the work by which he earns his living. Still he has sometimes left on his hand. That is leisure or spare time. A man gets more of leisure during holidays that in working day.

Modern life is a busy life. The pace of life gets faster and faster every day and a man must hurry and utilize every moment of his life, otherwise he would be left behind in the race of life. But some leisure is necessary for the happiness of life. There can be no happiness for a man, unless he gets some time to pass in the way he likes best. The great English poet Davies protested against this over-business of life when he wrote.

What is this life, if full of care

We have no time to stand and stare.

The poets consider that life is not worth living without leisure. One must have enough time to enjoy the beauties of nature, and the beauty of women as well as other good things of life. One must have time for singing, dancing and pursuit of other fine arts, for all such pleasures and activities are an essential part of life. If a life lacks these elements, it would be dull, dry and unhealthy. In short, as the poet has emphasized, life would not be worth-living without leisure.

But merely to have leisure is not enough. It is also essential that it should be rightly used. India, as a nation, do not know how to put their spare time to right use and consequently we often hear people complying that they feel tired during holidays and vacations. Such people misuse their leisure. They would either pass it in sleeping, playing cards, idle gossip, listening to the radio, or at the most in visiting the...
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