Hobbies: NEB Class 12 English Notes


Hobbies Exercise: Question Answers and Grammar

Working with words Section

A. Find the words from the text which have the following meanings.

a. a wave-like motion

b. to make or do something again exactly in the same way

c. decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin, especially through neglect or misuse

d. a bright, smooth surface

e. the feeling of having no energy and enthusiasm

f. a state of noise, commotion, and confusion

g. being alone, often by choice

h. to regard with respect, often tinged with awe

i. said in a way that is not direct, so that the real meaning is not immediately clear

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B. Find the meaning of the following words from a dictionary.

Sophisticated: deprived of native or original simplicity, highly complicated
Conscious: likely to notice, consider or appraise
Blistering: extremely intense or severe
Proximity: immediately preceding or following
Invisible: inaccessible to view, recognize or identify


Comprehension Section

Answer the following questions.

a. What is the author’s favourite hobby? Why does she like it so much?

Walking is the author's favorite pastime. It appeals to her because the movement, rhythm, and undulation of the senses and body that it induces are pleasurable.

b. What sorts of roads did the writer prefer to walk on when she was very young?

When she was younger, the writer preferred to walk on unpaved and uneven roads, such as the paths around her mamaghar.

c. How did walking give the author and her classmates a sense of freedom?

Walking provided the author and her classmates with a sense of freedom because it allowed them to be free-willed masters of their time and find their own way.

d. In what ways were the roads in Kathmandu different from the ones in Sydney?

When compared to Kathmandu's cacophonous streets, Sydney's roads were far quieter and more organized.

e. How did walking help the author in the new country?

To the author, walking was an escape from all kinds of pressures, a search for pace and rhythm. It assisted her in navigating the new country and reinvigorated her life circumstances.

f. What were the treasures of Petersham, where the writer lived with her family?

A tiny park a minute down the Parramatta road, another park with a huge rock at one end, a buffer zone suburb, and so on were the writer's treasures in Petersham, where she lived with her family.

g. What things became her permanent friends with whom she could share her feelings?

Nature's elements, such as the earth, sky, trees, water, and air, became her constant companions with whom she could share her emotions.

h. Why did she feel that she had travelled to ‘a desert, to emptiness’ as she went to the United States?

She felt she had traveled to a "desert, to emptiness" when she went to the United States because people there were chasing material pursuits and comfort, which made her feel lonely and created a barrier to communication with them.

i. Why did the author eventually feel that the strange city was known to her?

The author eventually came to believe that the strange city was familiar to her because she found it to be similar to every other place on the planet. The essence of nature she felt in the strange city was the same as it was in her hometown.

j. How did walking make her feel at home with different places she visited?

Walking made her grateful to all the streets she walked on because they shaped her feet, body, and being.

Critical thinking

a. Do you believe that walking helps us understand ourselves? Give reasons in support of your opinion.

Yes, I believe that walking can help us understand ourselves better. Walking gives you the best of both worlds. It provides the physical benefits of exercise while also improving your emotional health. It can help with anxiety, depression, and a bad mood. It can also improve self-esteem and alleviate social withdrawal symptoms. Walking also assists us in clearing our minds and thinking creatively. It promotes the free flow of ideas and is a simple way to boost creativity while also getting some physical activity. We interact with our inner selves while walking, evaluating ourselves, our work, and our behavior. This makes us realize who we truly are. Understanding ourselves entails self-realization, which can occur when we are alone and immersed in nature. As a result, it is true that walking helps us understand ourselves.

b. Think of one of your hobbies. How does this hobby relate to your psyche and self?

Hobbies are regarded as indicators of a well-balanced individual capable of balancing personal and professional well-being. I only have one hobby. Nonetheless, it consumes all of my free time. I love to read and have always been an avid reader.

Despite my preference for fiction, I make a concerted effort to read at least one nonfiction book every couple of months.

My first book, "Famous Five Go to Kirrin Island," was published when I was ten years old. What I value most about my hobby is its ability to transport me to different locations while I'm still sitting on my couch.

It is a low-cost travel option that I frequently use! I recently began attending book club meetings.

We are a group of 15 people who meet on the third Sunday of each month to discuss books that we have read during that month.

It's amazing how a few lines can elicit so many different interpretations and elicit such a wide range of emotions and opinions.

My hobby has helped me to develop analytical thinking as well as open-mindedness.

Reading has also helped to broaden my horizons. I would never, ever trade it for anything else!

c. Many people turn their hobbies into careers. Is it good to turn one’s hobby into a career?

Yes, many people do turn their hobbies into careers. But, in my opinion, the big decision of whether to turn a hobby into a career is a godsend for some lucky people, but it's not all it's cracked up to be for other poor souls. Whether you want to go freelance, form a limited company, or become a sole trader, turning a hobby into a business can be a difficult process. Hobbies are essential for personal development and enjoyment, and the last thing you want to do is turn a form of escapism from the hustle, bustle, and grind of daily life into something stressful and pressurized. To summarize, if a person is truly passionate about his or her work, he or she can easily turn their hobby into a career; otherwise, it will be great suffering.



a. Highlighting the advantages of walking, Henry David Thoreau says, “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Write an essay on the advantages of a morning walk.

Advantages of morning walk

Morning walks have been a popular activity for centuries and for good reason. The act of walking early in the morning has numerous advantages that can benefit both the mind and body. The famous writer and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, once said, “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” In this essay, we will discuss the many advantages of morning walks.

First and foremost, walking in the morning is an excellent form of exercise. It gets the blood flowing, improves circulation, and helps to build stamina. Walking is also a low-impact activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, making it an excellent choice for those who want to stay fit and healthy.

Another advantage of morning walks is that they help to reduce stress levels. Walking has been proven to be an effective way to relieve stress, and doing so in the morning can help to set a positive tone for the day ahead. It can also help to clear the mind and reduce anxiety, making it an excellent activity for those who are prone to stress.

Morning walks can also help to improve sleep patterns. Walking in the morning helps to regulate the body's internal clock, which can help to promote better sleep patterns. A good night's sleep is essential for overall health and well-being, so getting into the habit of walking in the morning can have a positive impact on sleep quality.

Walking in the morning also allows for some quiet and introspective time. It can be an excellent time to reflect on one's goals and aspirations, plan the day ahead, or simply enjoy the natural surroundings. Taking the time to be present in the moment can help to improve mindfulness and overall mental health.

Finally, morning walks can also provide an opportunity to connect with others. It can be an excellent time to catch up with friends or family members and share the benefits of walking together. Additionally, many communities have walking groups that can provide a sense of camaraderie and support.

In conclusion, morning walks have numerous advantages that can benefit both the mind and body. Whether it be for exercise, stress relief, sleep improvement, mindfulness, or social connection, morning walks can provide a great start to the day. As Thoreau said, an early morning walk is truly a blessing for the whole day.


Grammar Section

B. Change the following sentences into passive voice.

a. I want someone to love me.

I want to be loved.

b. Someone broke into our house while we were on holiday.

Our house was broken into while we were on holiday.

c. I don’t like people staring at me.

I don’t like being stared at.

d. Is it true that someone stole your car?

Is true that your car was stolen?

e. The cat enjoys someone tickling him.

The cat enjoys being tickled.

f. Would Swostika open the window?

Would the window be opened by Swostika?

g. Did they confess the crime?

Was the crime confessed by them?

h. He thinks that someone is teaching Jennie.

He thinks that Jennie is being taught.

i. Sabina hates people laughing at her.

Sabina hates being laughed at.

C. Complete the following sentences as in the example.

a. English people think that the number thirteen is unlucky.

The number thirteen is thought to be unlucky by English people.

b. What are you wearing for the wedding?

Actually, I am having a suit made (a suit make). They will give it tomorrow.

c. The carpet in our drawing room is very dirty.

It needs to be cleaned (clean).

d. There are rumours that the factory at the corner is manufacturing bombs.

The factory at the corner is rumoured to be manufacturing bombs.

e. Some people believe that Silajit from Jumla cures all indigestion problems.

Silajit from Jumla is believed to cure all digestion problems.

f. People claim that Changu Narayan temple is the oldest temple in Nepal.

Changu Narayan temple is claimed to be the oldest temple in Nepal.


A: Your car is making a terrible noise.
B: Thank you. I am not a mechanic and I will make it be repaired soon. (repair).

h. The police suspect that the criminal left the country.

The criminal is suspected to leave the country.


A: Where are you going?
B: I am going to the stationery to get my document photocopied. (my document /photocopy)

j. People allege that the corrupt leader has embezzled millions of rupees.

The leader is alleged to embezzle millions of rupees.


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