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Celebrating our Anniversary with Children

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Hobpoint conducting Drawing & Painting Competition at Vardhaman School

Yesterday, we celebrated our one year anniversary! Guess how? Well, for us, no celebration or party is bigger than celebrating with children. The joy of bringing out a child’s creativity is unmatched. So, on the eve of Children’s Day, we conducted a drawing and painting competition for children from 3rd to 8th standard of Vardhaman English Medium School, Pune. This age group of 8-13 years is the best period to identify and nurture one’s talent, before academic pressure takes over.

Our aim was to identify talents and guide them to excellence. Some of the paintings were astounding! The level of creativity of these children left us spellbound. Children have a strong aptitude for art when they are young, but many of them stray away due to lack of guidance and opportunities. This is the gap that we look to fill. The reason for conducting a drawing and painting competition, instead of, say, a music competition, is that drawing and painting materials are accessible to all! All that’s required is a creative mind, which is a unique attribute that young children possess. But often, this creativity gets suppressed, as daily life gets more mundane, and leisure time decreases, as we grow older. Our objective is to mentor these young talents in a field that they love, so that these children grow up to do what they love.

The concentration, the look on the faces of these children were strong indicators of their interest in art. This is because they were allowed to explore their minds. Most children at this age start developing drawing and painting as a hobby for this very reason: it allows them to explore. The challenge of making a painting look realistic, the joy of sketching their favourite actor, and the fun in abstract doodling is what keeps them driven. You can check out the paintings here.

Prize Distribution

Hobpoint encourages everyone to keep exploring their interests and talents, and never, ever, let go of that child inside you. After all, we all are children at heart, aren’t we? Whatever your age maybe, we wish Happy Children’s Day to that child inside of you!

Melody for your mind

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“Music for me, it demands full concentration”. This quote by the author Paulo Coelho shows how music serves as an important tool for improving concentration. Most people listen to music during leisure hours, but, listening to the right kind of music, especially classical music, has a lot of benefits when it comes to studies.

From providing relaxation to enhancing mental ability, music offers several benefits, which are as follows:

Better Memory and Learning ability

In a research conducted by Sapienza Univesity, Rome, it was shown that listening to music by Mozart (classical music) enhanced people’s memory, learning and problem solving ability.

The researchers, from Sapienza University of Rome, said: ‘These results may be representative of the fact that Mozart’s music is able to ‘activate’ neuronal cortical circuits (circuits of nerve cells in the brain) related to attentive and cognitive functions.’This is popularly known as ‘The Mozart Effect’

Similarly, a lot of studies have shown that listening to other forms of music also helps us retain more information.

Improved attention and concentration

Research has confirmed that listening to music releases a brain chemical, Dopamine, which makes us feel good. This, in turn, results in lesser mental distractions and improves our attention span and concentration, and our mood remains stable.

No sudden distracting noises from outside

We have always been told to study in a silent place .But the problem is, that in silence, even small noises from outside, such as that of birds, insects and vehicles, can become very distracting.

This is not a problem if we play music, as music blocks out the noise, and the rhythm  helps us concentrate better

Refreshes your mind

After an intense and hectic study session, music gives relaxation, and diverts the brain briefly. This refreshes our brain, and enhances its capacity to learn fresh content. Depending on the kind of music you like, music can calm you down or charge you up!!

Whether you play background music, or take some music breaks while studying, music’s always there to help you concentrate. So, what kind of music do you listen to while studying? Let us know in comments!

5 Calorie burning Activities for those who don’t want to hit the gym

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Cardio workouts are the most effective in burning calories, along with increasing one’s stamina. But then, a lot of people just lose interest in these workouts because of the lack of ‘fun’ elements, which are present in outdoor sports and other activities. Outdoor workouts, especially in the form of team sports, are both intense and fun. Here’s a list of some activities that will help you shed those unwanted pounds.

How Ping Pong changed my life

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Table Tennis, or Ping Pong is a game that has always been overshadowed by its outdoor counterpart, lawn tennis. However, Ping Pong has changed my life in a way in which no other sport has.

Hockey ka jaadugar

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An Extraordinaire, Wizard, Jaadugar, these were some of the names that were used to best describe Dhyan Chand Singh, a legendary hockey player who put India on the map in the world hockey. His skills surpassed everyone of in his time and beyond. His control over the ball took everyone beyond belief which earned him the name Jaadugar.

From scoreboard to Balance Sheet

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My cricket passion was inspired by the bowlers like Allan Donald, Glenn McGrath, Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee and batsman like Sachin Tendulkar. At the age of 12 I joined the DCA (District Cricket Association), to achive my fitness, early morning; I used to run 10 rounds of our stadium (aprox 2.5 km) and was an average bowler.

Spiders: Nature’s ultimate Mimicry Artists

Ants carrying a dead beetle

I am always fascinated by how insect mimic other things to either hide from the predators or to use it as a stealth weapon.

Enjoy the Festival of Colors in the Wild

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Experience HOLI with camping

As you feel something burst against your shirt, you look down to find a wet patch right where you had felt the contact of the now ruptured balloon. Hearing the giggles of various hidden faces and the excitement vibrating in the atmosphere, you notice the laughter erupting on your own face as you realise that the colourful time of the year is back again!

Siddharth Varma the story of a fighter

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Not everybody gets to make their dreams into a reality, and one’s belief, positive outlook, continued and focused determination is what got Siddharth Varma into World Series Boxing in 2012. This period marked a turning point in his life and propelled him towards varying arenas.

Learning Hindustan Classical Music Tabla

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I began studying tabla with a Guru fifteen years ago when I was a boy of ten, and continue to be humbled by the tradition, density, and magic that are intrinsic in this study.

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