Striking the right balance

Striking the right balance

Extracurricular activities

Despite being committed to doing well academically, students in the City manage to find time for a host of other activities that interest them.

Most of them pick up these talents during school and take them up in a more serious way in college by practising with the on-campus clubs, societies and teams.

Prateek, a student of Inventure Academy, has been involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities during his years at school.

He is adept at playing the tabla, and started playing golf about six years ago. “My father introduced me to the game,” he says.

“I fell in love with it immediately.” He now plays golf at the national level.
Prateek has also picked up photography, and has been learning dance for the last year. He has performed at the India International Salsa Society, although he is quick to add that he isn’t interested in taking up dance professionally. When asked about how he balances both his studies and these classes, he is dismissive. “I take breaks between my studies to go for my classes or play golf,” he says, casually.

Prateek claims that his father has been very encouraging in terms of him pursuing his extracurricular activities. However, parents are not always this quick to accept their children’s other interests.

Ajith Joseph, who is doing his Masters in Sociology at Christ University, said that it took time for his parents to come to terms with his love for painting. Ajith has been painting extensively since the fifth standard, and though he never took any formal classes, he won several painting competitions in his school.

Ajith even sold one of his paintings to a British company for an astounding amount of Rs 72,000. “Earlier, my parents kept telling me to concentrate on my studies,” says Ajith. “But now they have accepted that I love painting and encourage me.”

Robert, who is just completing his Masters in Psychology from Surana College, Bangalore University, and is now gearing up to do his MPhil, has a much more unusual hobby. Robert completed a professional training course in make-up art in his eighth standard, and has been dabbling heavily in it since then.

He has been doing freelance work throughout his college years, and has been involved with the Bangalore and Dubai Fashion Weeks, as well as brands like Kalaniketan and celebrities like Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.

“It is definitely difficult balancing both my studies and my interest in make-up,” says Robert, admitting that a bridal make-up assignment, he is involved in currently, is clashing with his final examinations.

“My parents didn’t approve of this choice of mine, as they wanted me to focus more on my academics. But this is my passion.” Robert is firm that he will work as a make-up artist after completing his MPhil. He dreams to open his own clinic someday.

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