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Acharya Prafullachandra Roy, who in his days used so much to influence, the minds of Youngman, was never tried of reminding them, ‘Every Englishman rides a hobby-horse”. He wanted to teach us the very great need of having a hobby in life. A hobby is something that we pursue for the sake of pleasure only, with no idea of making a profit out of it.
A hobbyist’s joy is known only to himself. It fills his idle hours. It may draw around him a circle of friends who cultivate the same hobby. It gives one that indefinable joy, the joy of personal satisfaction. Another joy it gives is equally pleasant, the joy of forgetting personal cares and worldly anxieties. It is a relief from the boredom or drudgery of one’s daily life.

As I grew up, my interests evolved around subjects in school, particularly in biology, chemistry and physics in high school. These interests were furthered in time spent in the deserts and forests of Arizona, where we moved when I was in my teens. The desert was not totally new to me, having visited relatives in Phoenix several times before moving there, however, out exploring the desert on my own was new. I checked under every rock, cactus and bush looking for signs of life. I found many incredible insects and invertebrates including scorpions. But seeing rattlesnakes was the goal and when it happened, much scarier than I would have liked. I eventually grew to be cautious of them and now snakes are still a favorite, without the fearfulness of youth. My passion for science has continued as I have become an ecologist, but I still am interested in chemistry and physics. However, ecology is where my heart is, I have done research in deserts, forests, streams and lakes. Finding new species (to me at least) and oddities of these, still excites me. I am glad to have a strong inquisitiveness in the natural world.

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