Staying in town over the long weekend? Learn a new skill via YouTube
Whatever your questions, the answer is the internet. But you already knew that. The problem with the Net, though, is discovery. Where to begin! Well, you have days and days on your hands right now, what with the long weekend, and if you’re reading this in Mumbai, it means you most likely decided to stay in.
That can be such a lovely way to spend the break... the city so quiet, streets so empty. Go for a drive, get some chaat, sit by the sea — and then head home and make some good use of the rest of your time. Pick a hobby and get school on YouTube, or go down our list and let us pick one for you!
It’s free, you set the hours, and when everyone gets back cranky from the overpriced hotel rooms and hours on a jammed highway, you can give a relaxed little sigh and show them your handiwork.
Learn to make birds, butterflies, or even, yes, dragons, cute little mice...
...and action figures.
They could be your staycation souvenirs for when everyone gets back.
Crochet your way around the world
All you need is a needle and a ball of wool and you can log on to learn Tunisian and French crochet styles, make everything from baby blankets to shrugs and soft toys. New stitch a day teaches you all technicalities of the stitching world so you can master the art at your own sweet pace.
If you’ve never held a crochet needle before, this is a good place to start:
Feeling adventurous? Try a range of different weaves here:
Learn the art of moulding clay to make charms and toys -- candy canes, cake, bars of chocolate, cookies and stars.
To make simple charms too, go to
Turn old CDs into works of art, using just crushed eggshell, glue and paint. Note: There’s no painting involved. And the result, as you can see, should be breathtaking.