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We all have that one secret desire that we’ve never talked about with anyone, absolutely no one. Buried deep in our hearts, these desires often just remain there and some of us have regrets that they couldn’t be converted into reality. Often, it is because although we know what we would like to do, we don’t know how to accomplish the mission!

Hobby classes in Bangalore, for example, are places where you can learn new skills or hone existing ones and let your inner creativity come to fore. If you’re curious about the kind of hobby classes that are conducted, here are a few examples for you:

  1. Basic and AdvancedSospeso – Another unique form of creating art in which various small creations made of different materials such as paper and tissues are used to create a stunning product, this is a rare art that has captured the interest of several people. Participate in this 2-day workshop (11th and 12th Nov) whose fee is INR 5,000 and learn how to make beautiful objetsd’arts such as photo frames, tissues boxes, decoupage techniques, and getting a porcelain finish to your creations. The workshop will be held at HSR Layout.
  2. Basic Theatre Workshop – Another workshop for those who love acting and enjoy their share of spotlight, this one is created for people who are a little shy or unsure about how they can go about making their dreams of acting beautifully and fearlessly on stage. Participate in the many activities that are organised during this workshop and be thrilled to learn how to master a passionate hobby. The workshop will be conducted at Uma Theatre on Nov 12th, and the cost for it is INR 4,500.
  3. ACT International Workshop Residency in Bangalore – Described as a “transformational physical theatre and music workshop”, this is where you can learn the ways in which you can learn theatre and voice techniques from a renowned person using the core principles of Actor – Chorus – Text. Be a part of this 7-day workshop that will be carried out at Infinite Souls Farm and Artists Retreat in Central Bangalore. The cost of this intensive workshop aimed at improving a person’s theatre skills depends on the kind of training you wish to receive and begins on Nov 19th.
  4. Mosaic Art Workshop – The art of putting together several random, small items to create a big, spectacular object is an interesting and convenient hobby. Collecting things that interest or attract you, such pieces of glass, paper, beads, stones, etc. and putting them together to form a show piece or a small useful object is surely fascinating, isn’t it? The workshop will be held on 19th Nov at Art Blend Cafe in South Bangalore, and the cost is INR 1,000.
  5. Monoprinting Workshop with Priyanka – Printmaking in which lines and images can be etched only once is known as monoprinting. This unique hobby is indeed difficult to learn without formal guidance, and those interested in it should not miss this opportunity of attending this workshop. Taking place on Dec 19th at Bloom & Grow Centre located in South Bangalore, the cost of this workshop is INR 1,200.

With so many changes taking place all over the world in different fields, it comes as no surprise that there have been changes in terms of fulfilling our heart’s desires. Make the most of them!

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Ways to make this a Green New Year’s Eve

Every year, there are millions of people who attend New Year’s bashes thrown all around the world. Some go to outdoor events while some prefer ringing in the New Year cosy at their home with their friends and a few loved ones. What many people forget however is that they have a responsibility towards Mother Nature too at all times. Most such organized events are not eco-friendly. There are however ways in which you could make them so.

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New Year parties in Delhi are famous throughout the country for the fun and excitement they generate. People talk about the parties for many months to come and eagerly look forward to the next one as soon as one is over! Here are some ways to make them green-worthy too this year:

  1. Car-pool – When you and a bunch of your friends or family members intend to go to the same venue, why not travel to and from the venue in the same vehicle? If there will a large number of people who will be travelling, hire a larger vehicle so that there is less wastage of fossil fuel and emission of polluting gases.
  2. Noise Pollution – One of the biggest side effects of large evens, especially the ones carried out in open spaces, is that music is played really, really loud for a long time! While it may be all fun for those parting, it may be a severe inconvenience to many others, and the animals and birds which love nearby. Not to mention the high level of noise pollution whose brunt Nature needs to bear. Opt for slightly lower volumes; with great company, food, and drinks, the toned-down music will not dampen the spirits and you can have complete fun nonetheless!
  3. Food and drinks – It’s not just New Year bashes; there is a large amount of food and drinks that are wasted all over the world at several functions organised for different reasons. Two things that can be done to deal with wastage is to order only that much food or drinks as will be required instead of order a very large quantity. The second thing that can be done is to carefully and hygienically store the leftovers so that they can be distributed to the needy people.
  4. Natural lighting – There are several options that you can choose from when it comes to lighting. You could go for options such as re-usable glass or paper lanterns, fat long-lasting candles, or floating candles if you have a water-based party. In this way, you are using lesser electricity and you are setting a great mood, especially if you are partying with a few intimate friends.
  5. Clothes – There is an alarming amount of wastage reported of clothes. People keep buying clothes but often do so although they don’t have any need for it. Many old clothes are lying uselessly at home, and many others are sent to the dump yard. This year, try and create funky outfit using style such as mix-n-match with the things you have at home rather than buying costly and new clothes.

A New Year’s party celebrated with conscious green efforts will hopefully set the tone for many of us to follow the same practices throughout the year and our lives too!