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Wish List

There is a Chinese proverb which goes by- ” Be careful what you wish for” . I was reading a blog and suddenly got this idea as why should not I create my own wish list . New Year is coming soon. Its always good to know what you want to do ,otherwise life will keep giving you surprises of its own(which is actually fun for the time being). But alas in the long run this strategy fails. When you are on the death bed this attitude leaves you with regrets.

This is the dilemma : ‘To Plan’ or ‘To Go with the Flow’. As always I’ll quote Buddha here” The Middle Path is always right. ” Whenever you choose the extreme of anything, its bound to take you in the wrong direction. Not Studying for 20 hours is bad, studying for 20 hours is even badder. To sit around and wait for things to happen is bad , to plan for every minute thing of life is badder. Toh bhola bachcha kare toh kya kare?

Long term planning with short them going with the flow serves just right. So here is my long term wish-list with no boundations on when to finish it off. I’ll be adding new items and once an item is done , I’ll strike it off.

  1. Visit the Taj Mahal
  2. Visit the Red Fort in Delhi
  3. Read or watch the more famous plays of Williams Shakespeare
  4. Explore the Postcrossing website
  5. Read more books by Ramachandra Guha on Environment
  6. Visit the Dholpur House (if allowed)
  7. Watch the Harvard Lecture Series on Ethics
  8. Take a crash course in Psychology
  9. Explore World Cinema
  10. Learn Bengali and read Rabindranath Tagore in Bengali
  11. Write a love poem
  12. Read the entire Harry Potter Series
  13. Collect the entire works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Sherlock Holmes
  14. Learn how to drive a car
  15. Learn how to swim
  16. Write answers on Quora
  17. Go on a long road trip with a partner to Ladakh
  18. Donate blood to someone
  19. Visit Kerala
  20. Read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  21. Sign up for donating eyes and other organs in the case of death
  22. Draw a sketch
  23. Watch some baking tutorials
  24. Read all books by Agatha Christie on Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple
  25. Watch some movies of Alfred Hitchkok
  26. Participate in a MUN
  27. Learn any one form of Classical Dance- maybe Kathak
  28. Read The Discovery of India by J L Nehru
  29. Participate in a prestigious Debating Event
  30. Read Metamorphosis by Kafka
  31. Get a telescope
  32. Collect inspirational quotes in my diary
  33. Watch Game of thrones Series instead of reading it
  34. Make a collection of Kishore da songs according to different moods
  35. Re watch Pyasa and Kagaz ke Phool
  36. Explore old notes , diaries and scribbles
  37. Find out more about Coral Reefs
  38. Try to learn and read Urdu
  39. Read works of ancient Greek philosophers- Plato, Socrates ,Aristotle
  40. Watch Rajya Sabha Tv regularly
  41. Watch videos of Unacademy Channel on Youtube
  42. Try meditation
  43. Read Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj
  44. Read War and Peace by Tolstoy
  45. Read stories by Ernest Hemingway and O Henry
  46. Read ‘The Argumentative Indian’ and ‘The Idea of Justice’ by Amartya Sen
  47. Learn more about shares and mutual fund investments
  48. Live on my own
  49. Host a Dinner and cook the entire meal
  50. Pursue gardening more seriously
  51. Attend and then eventually host motivational seminars
  52. Meet an IAS Officer personally ( Met the City Magistrate of hometown, lively guy)
  53. Go to a SSB and know what the whole fuzz is about ( Conference out ,4 AFSB Varanasi)
  54. Go trippy for once
  55. Help a child to learn how to read and write
  56. Take an initiative
  57. Write a short essay on Delhi
  58. Write a bunch of stories about my friends and college life
  59. Write a soft porn novelette anonymously
  60. Build a jugaad home theater
  61.  Watch a live play
  62. Take a sweet revenge on unrequited lovers
  63. Write my biography(if I become famous)
  64. Pursue  adventure sports- Para-gliding, Scuba Diving, Sky Diving, Bungee Jumping
  65. Visit Madhya Pradesh- Indore, Ujjain, Kanha, Kanheri, Bhimbetka
  66. Bake the perfect cake
  67. Cross a thousand hits on the blog (baby steps)
  68. Rekindle the love between my parents
  69. Write a series of letters for my future children(hopefully) telling all my mistakes, ponderings , achievements and  advices to them
  70. Watch all the seasons of the show ‘The Middle’
  71. Get involved with a secret mission of the Indian Government
  72. Remodel and refurbish an old ambassador or fiat
  73. Buy an antique item or memorabilia
  74. Explore various cuisines
  75. Buy local sarees from every place I visit
  76. Make a collection of Ear rings
  77. Learn basic makeup skills
  78.  Buy a pair of baggy jeans (if they exist somewhere these days)
  79. Visit an actual Karst Cave
  80. Visit the Catacombs under the Paris City
  81. Go on a trek
  82. Visit Machu Pechu in Peru
  83. Click a selfie at Times Square
  84. Become Pen Pal with a total stranger
  85. Watch some episodes of ‘David Rocco Dolce Vita’
  86. Visit Italy
  87. Go on a Heritage or Food Walk in Old Delhi
  88. Buy the perfect pair of Kolhapuris
  89. Ask a guy on a dance date
  90. Revisit any Amusement Park
  91. Read as much as I can about Communism
  92. Build a personal library
  93. Search and binge on old melodies- English and Hindi
  94. Watch every episode of “Friends “
  95. Watch the episodes of “Orange is the New Black”
  96. Discover Classical Music
  97. Attend a Concert
  98. Learn Horse Riding
  99. Visit every state of India at least once- J&K , Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh , Odisha, West Bengal, Assam , Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh


I hope of adding regularly to the list. I know its huge, some items I might not be able to do in my lifetime. But I think its a good thing. The more interesting things we read , the more places we travel, the more ideas we get ,the more interesting we become. Cheers!




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