~ my first bucket-list ~

I love travelling. I don’t like travelling alone, but I have come up in terms with myself to enjoy solo-rides too 🙂  

I thought of making a list of means of transports I have used and which can I put into my own small (first) bucket list.

Courtesy wiki.answers, here is a list of modes of transport; ones uncrossed are yet-to-be taken:

  1. Airplane  (more than 2 dozen times)
  2. Bus  (more than 10 dozen times)
  3. Car  (almost every day)
  4. Canoe (looking forward to this)
  5. Donkey  (it was basically a breed of donkey you find in hilly areas of India)
  6. Expressway  (in capital city of India and many national highways)
  7. Ferry  (when I visited Mumbai)
  8. Freeway (while travelling in India and Oman)
  9. Glider (not yet)
  10. Hot air balloon (can’t wait for this one)
  11. Horse (Yeah!!)
  12. Inflatable raft (this will have to wait)
  13. Jetpack (I don’t think I’ll be using this in this lifetime 😛 But, not giving up)
  14. Kayak (this too, not yet)
  15. Lorry (yes, yes, yes 😀 this was a fun story I’ll probably be penning down later)
  16. Motorcycle (absolutely)
  17. Naval fleet (nope, not happening in this lifetime)
  18. Oxen (a cart driven by oxen, yes. But actual one, no)
  19. Palanquin (not yet)
  20. Rocket (not happening :D)
  21. Subway (absolutely)
  22. Taxi (the days of college)
  23. Unicycle (bicycle YES, tricycle YES, but unicycle NO)
  24. Van (yup, I drove around 10 people in my van)
  25. Waterway (Oh, loved it)
  26. Yacht (soon, I hope)
  27. Zeppelin (I din’t even know this existed)
  28. Zipline (it was way too fun to forget :D)
  29. Scooter (for many years with my Dad)
  30. Railways (Finally, last year)
  31. Tonga (School time) 
  32. Bullock Cart (Yeah! :D)
  33. Bicycle (yes, for four years EVERYDAY)
  34. Tricycle (as a kid, sure :P)
  35. Truck (not yet)
  36. Trailer (Looking for a chance :D)
  37. Parachute (would love to)
  38. Helicopter (Can’t wait!!)
  39. Camel (Yup, three times)
  40. Elephant (Only once, but it was fun)
  41. Mule (yes :D)
  42. Autogyro (would love to)
  43. Reindeer (this I don’t know when)
  44. Yak (No idea when and where)
  45. Sledge (not anytime soon)
  46. Chariot (nope)
  47. Cart/Rickshaw (Yes, hundreds of times)
  48. Carriage (not yet)
  49. Tram (looking forward to this, soon)
  50. Moving walkway/Moving sidewalk (at airports)
  51. Roller shoes (have to learn- to do list)
  52. Skateboard (have to learn- to do list) 
  53. Ski (have to learn- to do list)
  54. Moped (have to learn- to do list)
  55. Jeep (yes, drove one :D)
  56. Ship (Ah, had an amazing time)
  57. Luxury Bus/Car/Boat/Ship (Not soon :D)

Now these form my short term goals :

  1. Canoe
  2. Oxen
  3. Palanquin
  4. Yacht 
  5. Truck
  6. Trailer
  7. Parachute
  8. Helicopter
  9. Chariot
  10. Carriage
  11. Tram
  12. Roller shoes 
  13. Skateboard
  14. Moped

I hope by next year I have at least a few of these crossed out 😀

Cheers!

for F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Being Monica Geller in is intriguing! Example of her maniac cleanliness is sorting towels into eleven different categories (three being “fancy”, “guest”, and “fancy guest”).

But actually there exist a little Monica Geller in each one of us.

Now I don’t say that we are crazy to such an extent, but we have such foibles in a moderate extent. Best example is when we categorize the people in our lives: our friends, neighbors, family members.

If not all, we would have seen a variety of each of these types in our lives. We label our close ones-we label people we haven’t met-we label people we just met.

Some people hit it off with us instantly, finding a special place in our lives. Best friends, family members and partners become the favorite characters of our life-story. 

diary page

For all those mates who have a contribution in making my life memorable, regardless of the contribution, I am thankful! It is not possible for me to even pen down all the names, but in my heart, I know the “category” of people who have come a long way with me. This one is for you all.

glorious ancient times!

While reading the newspaper some days back, I realized how much science and technology has advanced in the last few years! 

And I love it! Love the way mankind is fast approaching to a scientifically advanced future

The tall glass buildings, carefully engineered bridges and opera halls look spectacular. But, to me, they aren’t as fascinating as our historic monuments.

Yes, I am a history-loving person. I love the history behind each castle, the romantic stories hidden in each palace and the glory of wars of each fort. Chronicles and reigns of royal families captivate me.

Indeed I love the present day architecture, but I may say I am slightly fonder of the ancient times.

Obviously, after living in a civic apartment, one endears the idea of hugely decorated dorms, studded with semi precious stones and “a room for everything”. The added benefits may be a huge garden having a fountain with continuous fresh water flow. Or probably a backyard riverside. 😉

I mean, imagine, what a life!! No worries of electricity and water bills. Even if one has to light oil-lamps, there is no worry of rising oil price!

I may be too dreamy to consider the lives of only the royals, after all there must be a common-man-life even in that era.

But when I visit a fort (which to promote a country/state is now converted to a museum/heritage site/tourist spot) I see the vision what the kings and princes of those days must have seen.

Thanks to tourist guides, visitors just know about the glory of an archaeological structure. They cease to realize, those were not just the building blocks of today’s advance structures, but also a learning book passed on from our past for us.

 

Visit to Katara, Doha-Qatar

Morning Blues!

sky

Morning Blues!

I realized the actual meaning of this phrase, much after I started working full-time. The transition from campus to corporate, they said, was difficult. But I (now) say it was DRAMTIC – intensity of drama varying from person to person.

As a school kid I wished to grow up in a jiffy, and go to college. As a college freshman, I dreamt to get a satisfying (socially, mentally, monetarily) job. And then, as an employed big-girl, I started to search further, what is my dream?

Now here came the DRAMA part. I have a well-paying job, a loving family, a caring life partner, a decent social status. So where do I invest my energy, my dreams, my thoughts, and (at times) my money?

blue sky

After some days of meaningless social networking, my mind was gushed with plethora of Plans I had made in my younger years, which now seems like a previous life. So I start following my heart to fulfill some-if-not-all my yet-to-be-accomplished dreams.

Eventually, just like the clouds after a storm, my head cleared of all drama – the transitions I was going through: campus-to-corporate, girl-to-woman.

morning sky

While competing in corporate rat-race, the one which fetches us a handsome status in the society, we forget what we really love-what we really should be doing. We get trapped in our own cocoon of responsibilities, aims and goals. Only when WE pop that bubble OURSELVES, we are exposed to other opportunities – the ones which helps us through this journey in a healthier spirit.

Well, I try breaking out of my schedule more than once a week. And take a complete break from work on the weekend. But my morning blues still persist. After all, who wants to go operate some electrical machines after an exciting weekend of shopping, decorating, cooking and blogging? 😀

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Kick-start…?

We make plans. Hundreds of them. Some in our minds, some on paper as well. How many of them come true?

From the day we get smart enough to think, we make plans. But owing to the constraints and priorities in this fast-moving life, we walk past them at times.

We also ponder upon some failed plans. We wonder how different life would be, if “that” had happened. A song playing on the radio reminds us of it. Or casual bantering of a pal brings back memories of certain now-sounding-funny-group-plans. We think about it, we talk about it and then keep it aside in a storage area of our mind where heaps of other such plans are already resting in peace.

Why can we not implement our plans? Wake up one day, have our morning tea/coffee and decide, “Today I am gonna do this, which I had actually planned to do long time ago”. Why don’t we do this, why not? And who is stopping us?

At least the answer of the last question lies in itself – US!

Obviously we cannot perform such courageous acts every day, but once in a while, we should. Eventually, a few successful plans will make way for the others.

Cheers!

Why I Love Window Seats in Flights…

Conversation with my mom, before every flight I take :

My caring-super-caring Mom, “Please ensure you have done your web check-in. Else tell me, I’ll do it for you.”

The super-lazy-daughter-of my-mother, “Thanks Ma, please do my web check-in. Just make sure its a WINDOW SEAT”

The reason why I prefer window seats is simple, I don’t like aisle and I totally hate sitting in between two people!

Qatar Airways

One another reason of insisting on window-seat is my inquisitive nature. Even though I have seen many (read LOADS) aircraft functioning and working programs airing on the National Geographic and the Discovery channel, but my eyes would still not stop awing upon how such heavy engineering works!

              

Also, if I get an aisle seat, either I’ll have to indulge in making small conversations with my fellow passengers, or read a book I bought at Duty-Free. But then, I wont be able to enjoy God’s best creation sitting in man’s best creation!

    

Finally, home is where the heart is….

Here is a picture depicting national flag of Qatar, although a puppet is clad in it, so might not be clear. But, nevertheless I love this pic 🙂

Special thanks to Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines, whose frequent-flier cards have always benefited me to procure my favorite (Window) seat since past 10 years!!!

  

MARHABA!

Morning.Noon.Night of my Indian Graduation

Years after “School” and before “Graduation” brings about a lots of changes in a person’s life.

Regardless of how tough that time seemed – that time – it leaves back a number of good memories to cherish.

This is a glimpse of my morning-noon-and-night while I was getting prepared to become an Engineer.

The view of the lower terrace from the upper terrace.

The typical Indian way of hanging clothes out in the open to dry 😉

Early morning studies was one of my cherished time during my college. Especially if it was after a night-out 😀

Generally tensed before exams, I used to find strength by gathering the energy from the rising sun.

the beautiful red sun, indicating the end of yet another day!!

As the sun sets, it ends another day of memories I don’t clearly remember now.

Four years of my college, the only things which were constant and timeless were the morning noon & night!

To have a heart to admire the beauty of this God’s created nature, is the biggest achievement of a human soul…!

# National Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu – India

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Reach out..

 

While I was in Qatar :

An Arabic woman, clad in black, appears to reach out to the sky.

In an Arab nation like Qatar, women up-heaved to grow in plethora of dimensions, and yet are strongly rooted to their culture, which they cherish tremendously.

This picture is an epitome of growth of a woman in Qatar while a unison of sand, sea and sky watches her.

 

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