In an age where the CAT score defines the success of an individual, many lost touch with their inner selves. While many didn't.
This series is going to be an effort to explore what made certain people stay in touch with their true selves by sticking to their passions or hobbies.
We hope it inspires other MBA's to revive their long gone passion and manifest in a form of a hobby.
We got in touch with Swapnil Waichale from IIM Ahemadabad to know what keeps him busy apart from his academics.
- What is the Hobby that you pursue?
I pursue a lot of hobbies! It depends on availability of time and other people. For example, I like playing TT, Tennis, Football, Volley-ball, Chess when I find like-minded people free. When no-one is free and I have to pass good time, I try singing, playing flute, Pencil-sketching, etc. I also like to express my feelings through poetry in Marathi, Hindi, and English. I have published 30 marathi poems on marathikavita.co.in.
कर लो दुनिया मुठ्ठी में
हे मनुष्य जिंदगी में जीतने की प्यास हो
याद रखना बात ये ऊँचे तेरे ध्यास हो
दिल में जिस विश्वास नहीं ऊँचा उसका सर नहीं
पाना है मंजिलो को मुश्किलों से डर नहीं
उड़ना सारे जोर से छूना है वो आसमां
मूड ना जाना मोड़ पे जीतना सारा जहाँ
दिल लगा के काम कर पूरी अपनी निष्ठां से
आएगी मिलने गले विजयमाला इच्छा से
-स्वप्निल वायचले (Old one…written before coming to IIMA)
I have represented IIM-Ahmedabad in Inter-IIM Sports Meet called Sangharsh 2012 in Tennis and as a part of the team, won Gold medal. I have represented IIM-Ahmedabad in National Inter-B-School Sports meet of MICA called SAMAR 2012 in TT, Tennis, Volleyball, Chess and Cricket. In this competition, I was part of teams that won gold in chess, Silver in Tennis Men’s doubles, Tennis Mixed doubles, TT Mixed-Doubles, and Cricket.
- From how long have you been pursuing it?
Different hobbies started enchanting me at different points of time. Because of my mother’s guidance and teaching, I managed to get admission in IIT-Bombay and my journey in the worlds of hobbies began!
In my tenure of 5 years in IIT-B (2004-2009) (Dual Degree mechanical), I learnt to play TT in first year, Football in second year, Pencil sketching in 2nd year summer holidays, Volley-ball in third year, Poetry in 4th year, & Tennis in 5th year. Everything continued since then!
After my engineering days were over (2009), I got placed in ONGC in which I used to work in offshore drilling rig called Sagar-Gaurav. There I used to work in adventurous and physically challenging conditions in both day and night shifts. The machines used to be so noisy, that we couldn’t hear anything. There I started singing aloud. I am not a very good singer, only an amateur! But I would love to improve!
Then in 2011, I got admission into IIM-Ahmedabad. In my first year (1 months after my admission), I started learning to play flute on my own, and I can play quite a few combinations and can imitate quite a few songs easily.
So, every year, I started learning a new art/sport and I tried to improve in all of them, as much as I can.
All these hobbies I have learnt on my own, without any coaching. It’s not because I have something against coaching, but most of the time, finding a coach was costly and time-consuming. So I just started on my own. I would like to stress that leaving aside my Tennis racquet; all my hobbies have been very economical! So it doesn’t cost you anything apart from curiosity and will-power to excel at something!
- How much time in a week are you able to devote to it. ?
When I am busy in curriculum or work, I spend at least 1 hour daily on my hobbies. When relatively free, I spend more time (2-3 hours daily)
- How do you manage to maintain a balance between the MBA course and your hobby?
I feel that pursuing hobbies helps in relaxing. Physical activities help me in being physically fit, while the art forms keep my mind free and relaxed. Therefore, I find myself to be more productive in work. Therefore, I plan accordingly to get myself free time.
- Does pursuing the hobby in fact help you perform better in academics?
Yes. Being physically fit and mentally relaxed helps me in being fresh, thinking on my feet, and thinking differently. It helps me to optimize my time better by doing work efficiently. In fact, you can never find me out of enthusiasm or energy. My hobbies let me get high on enthusiasm and energy!
- Would you let go of the hobby if you start to face a time crunch?
I generally see to it that I do not fall into time crunch situations. If at all I find myself in one, it’s just a question of priorities. If the work is at higher priority, I will devote my time to it. I always get back to my hobbies once the work is finished.
- What would you like to say to those who have let go of their passion plainly to focus on academics?
I have experienced that a human being has enormous capabilities and can achieve seemingly impossible things if one believes in oneself. Mostly it happens that we don’t believe in ourselves that we could, for example, play tennis or write poems. I sincerely believe that if one tries, one can get better at almost anything.
Developing and pursuing hobbies is the best relaxing activity according to me. In addition, I can connect easily with many people just because we share some hobby in common. So, just follow your heart.
Some of my works:
One spark is enough to burn down a forest
Fuelled by the wind grows impossible to arrest
Feed your interests with the fuel of confidence
Talent is not something just only coincidence!
First step is never perfect, but really required
Practice helps in getting the deftness acquired
There are some people who never give a try
I keep wondering really, what’s there to shy!
- Swapnil Waichale (Very Recent One)
They teach us the methods and values of life
They teach us the lessons of passion to strive
They are the nobles who share their knowledge
Knowledge that converts us, humans from savage
They are the sources of great inspiration
They teach us to dream and have aspiration
Not only that they show us the way
To fulfil the dreams and be happy & gay
The teachers are revered for the service they offer
For the sake of humanity and not just some copper
Theirs is the life of the selfless donors
Here is a poem of some heart-felt honours
- Swapnil Waichale (Written for Teacher’s day celebration in IIMA)
And this I wrote to welcome my juniors in IIM Ahmedabad:
This is written for all dear fachchas (The 1st Year Students)
warm welcome from your tuchchas (The 2nd Year Students)
If you have got any doubts
don't hesitate just make some shouts
even if it's only the whereabouts
we will help u through the routes
This is the place for great connections
Be it dorms or the academic sections
You're to have great memory collections
from acads to sports to general elections!
Best of the profs will be there to teach you
Best of the alumni will be eager to reach you
you're the fuel that runs the system
system that earns you the lifelong esteem
be assured this place is a wonder
as electrifying as is a thunder
This is where you start making a difference
this is your brand your lifelong reference!
-Swapnil Waichale (Very Recent One)