As we know that whole of India is in lockdown (No thanks to COVID19) we all need to stay sane in this tiering time. We all had been trying to stay sane in these troubled times so was just wanting to share with you the ways i had been coping up day to day and what some of my friends are doing to hold up.
Thanks to Netflix, Hotstar & Amazon prime all the entertainment things are taken care of some super series and movies are to be watched in these times Money Heist on Netflix is one promising to watch for, Special Ops on hotstar is a good home grown limited series i watched.
Please don’t watch too much of NEWS on TV Channels as in my point of view it gives less information and more tension to us. Day and Night speaking about CORONA is also not good. I myself had Psyological corona for a few days because of this news. Seriously guys it gives me the creeps watching COVID related news whole day so i skip it as much possible.
As for self learning and knowledge increase i had few of the pending books which was pending i am on verge of completing 3 of them. Seriously people it is the best way of passing time and increasing your knowledge at the same time. If you are light on reading material and cant shop for new books there are plenty of them available on kindle or search online i am pretty sure you can find it there.
One thing that is most important is spending time with family as most of us are too busy in our daily routine life that it gets hampered. Play board games, watch some Movie together, talk to each other, for me and my family regular SEQUENCE time & Ramayan are a daily must. And don’t forget having meals together it is a must. If you have pets like me then do invest time in training & nurturing them.
The thing that is keeping me most happy or sane is my Gaming. Regular night PUBG session or online Monopoly with friends it gives certain happiness and satisfaction of the day.
So people stay busy, keep a positive mindset and come out of this lockdown with some new skill, hobby, learning.
So I was in Delhi last month and being an automobile dealer and a die – cast enthusiast by myself, had a chance to meet a super young guy with a rocking collection. Over the coffee we chatted on models, makes, shops & customs authorities. And the way internet & e commerce helped the collectors get hands on stuff sitting at home.
So 10 mins waiting at Starbucks (i so hate waiting) here enters a 27 year old something guy Ranbir Raj Mehra. A hardcore Delhi guy from the heart but soft-spoken to a whole different level. We exchange the usual pleasantries, ordered our coffee and sat for a chat. Ranbir is a Businessman by occupation and had passion for collecting model cars since he can recall (his own words) He started telling me his story that his passion started when he was 5 year old and his uncle gifted him Two 1:18 Scale models and he never saw behind again in terms of his collection.
His family always supported him to pursue his passion which is really necessary for the collection of this magnitude. He laughingly thanks to his mother for not letting anyone touch his models and keeps on pushing him for more and more model collection for his collection.
Then i asked him what made him take his collection to a whole different level, the level which is it on now and how he sees his collection shaping up in 10 years down the line. On which he thanked making a page on FB due to which he got to know the brands which were not available in india till date. And due to this page Online shops came into his sight and helped him getting his collection going to the another level. As for the 10 year question he assured me that his passion wont be dying (superb to hear bro). Its his dream to have the most exotic and limited edition models in his collection.
Apart from work and his Diecast passion he dont have any other hobbies or passions to pursuit.
Then we came on to the challenges part of the hobby. I shared my experiences of the time when i use to collect he updated me of the current scenario. In his point of view the diecast shops in india and people aren’t supportive when it comes to rare & exotic cars. These models are taxed at the 28% GST Slab Thats why the growth of this hobby is slow in India and for the collectors who are into importing these beauties for there own collection have to pay hefty amount as custom duties which run into tune of 30 – 35% easily.
Still Ranbir’s passion for this hobby is strong and I wish him the best for getting more and more cars in his collection.