Q. 35.0( 2 Votes )

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The art and utility of collecting


1. The delights of collecting

1.1 People amass possessions, sometimes unknowingly

1.2 Can be a delightful surprise to find something they didn’t know they owned

1.3 Those who don’t change houses collect everything – becomes clutter

1.4 Unwanted obj left in various places

1.5 They think they’ll need them later

2. Collecting by old people

2.1 Old people tend to collect a lot for 2 reasons

2.2 1 – lack of physical and mental energy

2.3 2 – obj of sentimental value

2.4 Some obj that has been with them since the past or which belongs to a dead relative

2.5 Such obj gradually acquire sentimental value

3. Collecting as a means to avoid wastage

3.1 Some things deliberately collected to avoid wastage

3.2 Eg, string and brown paper when parcels arrive

3.3 Thrifty people do this

3.4 Lady who cannot buy expensive clothes cuts their photos out from papers

3.5 Such collection does nothing but produce litter

4. Collecting as a serious hobby

4.1 Quite different, many adv

4.2 Brings a lot of joy to see one’s treasures after a while

4.3 Provides relaxation for leisure hrs

4.4 No need to go out for amusement with collections at home

4.5 Eg, stamps, records, book first editions, china

4.6 A lot more to do in connection, eg looking up reference books, finding places

4.7 It is a hobby that educates on the subject and also other general matters

5. Other benefits of collecting

5.1 One can meet like-minded collectors for discussion

5.2 Eg, advice, comparing notes, exchanging articles, showing off collections

5.3 Friend circle grows

5.4 Hobby may lead to travelling as collectors aren’t confined to one country

5.5 With time one may even become successful

5.6 May deliver lectures in small to large gatherings

(b) Collecting, as an activity, can have various reasons and outcomes. For those who collect as a means of reducing wastage, it causes nothing but litter. For those who collect to preserve memories, it acts like a treasure and brings joy. Collecting can also be a serious hobby for some, and can prove beneficial to them in the long run - educating on different matters, helping them meet people and travel places, and even making them an authority in the field.

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