Today’s assignment: What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, it depends on the time of day,if I’m finished writing, early morning, I pick up either the Bhagwad Gita or Thich Nhat Hanh,’The Miracle of mindfulness.’ It depends on my mood as well. If I’m happy, I listen to songs on YouTube, mostly Hindi or Urdu or my favorite Bengali songs.
Besides writing I am also registered for an online course, where there are lessons given to us, one every week. I study them, pick a question and answer it.
We the participants are expected to read each other’s comment and give our replies. When I first joined the course, I was bothered by someone, who did not want me to be in the course, because I am a Bengali. I did not say or do anything to make her feel that way. My being a Bengali was the only reason.
At first I toyed with the idea of leaving the course and joining the Memorial University, which is across the street from my house.Then the thought, I have as much right to be in the course as her, made me change my mind.
I’m continuing the course and still enjoying it, the day I feel it’s a burden, I’d leave and concentrate on writing,reading and cooking too.
At the moment, I’m pleased to stay in the course. Our facilitator is a fine gentleman, I’m actually indebted to him for allowing me to register in the course. It’s a course on Allama Iqbal, the poet and philosopher.I did not have any previous knowledge of him, I have learned everything I know by doing this course.
I also spend time cooking, which I love to do. One time I baked a lot, I do not do it anymore, it keeps me from eating cookies and cakes, which really is not good for me, considering the fact,there is too much sugar in them. I have learned sugar is not the best thing to consume if I want to stay healthy.
These are some ways I spend my time. I love writing, when I have nothing to write I translate songs into English.