ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Pleasure of Leisure

“Leisure” and “luxury” may well be practically synonymous but the only way to have uninterrupted leisure is to avoid work altogether.

Returning home after three months of having the luxury to do exactly as I please, I have been thinking of what leisure means. As a freelancer, and as a person naturally repelled by sustained work of any kind, “leisure” should be such a default condition as to need no explanation or deep thought. Yet – being a writer – I have come to realise that there is no terminator line dividing my life neatly between “work” and “leisure”.

All those people who are currently on “holiday” but reading this on their BlackBerries in between taking calls from clients or the office or whoever is pulling their strings, will nod sagely and know exactly what I mean. Let us take it as read that the more we insist that the modern, technologically-driven world frees us to do as we please, the more we are tethered to our work. Only the leashes have become longer.

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