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Friday, January 20, 2006

"Original" list of what I dream to do

All right, all right !! I will (grudgingly) admit that the idea of this post is shamelessly lifted from this person's blog. These are some of the secrets I've never told anyone. Heres a list of things I've always dreamt of doing :

1) I still dream of being the best bowler in world cricket (I've bowled an 18 ball over once...i.e. 6 legal balls + 12 wides & no balls in that over)

2) Being the best batsman and

3) The best fielder (I sure am better than the Indian team at the moment)!!

4) I dream of being a footballer who will lead India to a world cup victory.

5) I want to be an airforce pilot (I've got non-nerdy-looking specs, so I am not eligible anymore)

6) I want to be a mountaineer (Thinking of taking a long leave sometime and joining the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute sometime).

7) Going on a cross country cycling trip.

8) Being able to go out and travel every weekend without any worries of health/resources/company.

9) Being so good at photography that all my photos come out as I want them to.

10) Go live a nomad's life for a few days.

11) Pitch a tent and sleep out in the woods.

12) Stand on top of the tallest mountain and scream out "I'm on top of the world".
Then sit down and read a good book for a few hours sitting there.

13) Get a girlfriend and scream out "I'm not a loser".

14) Get a 200% salary raise.

15) Need to work only 3 or 4 hours a day.

16) Play the guitar really really well (well enough to get into a band).

17) Be able to sing.

18) Get rich, earn enough money to buy a palatial house and a pair of cars for my folks and then go live a common life doing nothing but enjoying myself.

19) Roaming the world travelling all the exciting and beautiful places that nature has to offer.

20) Re-live that day, that year, that place (6/7/3).

21) Hang out with friends every evening regardless of what we are doing or how busy we are (or at least find some friends like that).

22) Being able to wear sunglasses in public without feeling awkward.

23) Own a computer that never hangs.

24) Climb a mango tree and steal some unripe mangoes or take my dad's cycle out and be insanely excited about the privilege.

25) Go back to being a teenager and this time, have more fun.

There are many more which I cannot think of now but I might add them into this post later. I dont know how many of these dreams are really achievable but I always look for things to learn from good incidents as well as bad ones. e.g. In the very first point here, I didnt mention that the 18th ball was a perfect yorker which took away the batsman's middle stump. That was a fluke? Well ok...I atleast realized that I had the stamina to bowl three overs at one go and still bowl the 18th ball as fast as the 1st one.

We all have dreams and we all try to make an effort to achieve them. How dedicated is that effort is what decides whether you are a winner or a loser.

"There are two kinds of people in this world - a winner and a dreamer".

Everybody dreams. The difference : The winners are the ones who wake up.





  • COPY CAT!! But I must admit your list is better than mine :) My list reflected the sombre mood I was in.
    This is what I meant, I have stopped dreaming 'big' these days. All my dreams are 'practicle' or 'gettable' I want to dream wild, out of the world, lavish dreams again.

    Be able to sing., I want that too.
    Go back to being a teenager and this time, have more fun.
    Oh yes, I was so lost when I was a teenager trying to find out who I really was, I had no idea what fun meant. But in my list I said I dont want to have any regrets, so I will just make peace with it. I Dont want to lose out on the fun now :)

    Hey you are not a loser because you dont have a gf and you know that :)

    What happened on 6/7/3.

    Own a computer that never hangs, simple, own a comp, dont use it. It will never hang :p :p

    Loved reading this post. Credit goes to me of course. Thank you people. Thank you very much!

    By Blogger Shradha, at 10:32 am  

  • I meant 'practical'

    By Blogger Shradha, at 10:34 am  

  • [:-D]
    Thank God for that second comment. I was scared at the thought of opening another browser and opening my mail account and then writing down a mail to you about that spelling !! Thanks for doing my job !! I would have hated the moment when you would have read that mail and cursed me in your mind.

    Of course !! All credit goes to you. I said it in the first line itself.

    If own a computer and dont use it (after spending so much upgrading it), the computer wont hang, sure...I would be the one thats hanging !! My folks would arrange for that!!

    Dreaming big?? I've always done that. I've not known any other way.

    "I will just make peace with it". I thought you wrote in your list that you dont want to be satisfied. Are you sure?

    [:-D] Thanks for the comment. You are always the first !!


    By Blogger GuNs, at 11:58 am  

  • Hey Guns..
    Hi dude, my name is john and i got here thru miss shradha :) hehe, yeah i know her quite well and followed the link from her site! Okiez, to know more abt me, pls feel free to visit my blog :P Ok, a cheap way of publicising my blog, but i dont mind :P kidding!
    Its quite obvious that you're a big time dreamer! Join the club... Me's one too.. Actually i do dream abt a lot of similar things - especially abt cricket :)) I play cricket quite well, but not well enuf to represent our country I guess :(
    Hey very true, to bowl a yorker, 18th ball of an over is an awesome feat. Thats will power!!! I've seen a lotta guys jus running in to complete their over once they bowl a couple of wides/no balls, in an ongoing over! Such an attitude sucks...
    Guns i totally agree with u man, if u never ever give up, you will actually realise that you are really good at it, whtver 'it' is!!
    [but pls try to reduce on the number of balls/over.. u might not get the yorker everytime u bowl an '18th' ball... :) If u dont, u are screwed i guess] lol... jus kiddin.. for the fun of it!

    By Blogger johnny boy, at 4:30 pm  

  • Johnny Boy !!

    Thanks for caring to read and comment on my blog. [;->] I will defi go & see your blog. That kind of publicity always works...LOL, I do it often myself.

    "MISS" Shradha? You seem to respect her a lot !! She was your senior in college or something?

    About the balls/over, ha ha ha ha...I dont normally bowl 18. That was I think when we played cricket after 4 or 5 years straight. I was never allowed to bowl much or bat much when I was a young kid. I was the last guy to come in and bat and I only got to bowl after eating the brains out of the captain. I always believed I could do a lot. I even took 5 wickets in an over once (only 6 balls this time). Everyone conveniently forgot about it later. They all still think I cant bowl. I just refuse to believe I'm anything less than world class !! [:-D]Whats the harm in believing???

    I sure hope to hear (read) more from you man.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 5:47 pm  

  • hehe, its not outta respect :P Jus that I have this habit of addressin ppl like that.. With a prefix of 'mr' or 'miss'... Zimply for fun :), mr Gunz... :D
    Hey, nothin wrong in believin at all! :) Its the belief that keeps us going aint it? :P

    By Blogger johnny boy, at 7:15 am  

  • Hi Johnny !

    Belief is what keeps us going ! Well said !! Very true !!

    By Blogger GuNs, at 1:31 pm  

  • Not having a girlfriend is not going to make you a looser.Trust me,loosers are those who cannot handle life,Not girlfriends:)
    Dream we all,But only a few can reachout for them and be a winner, Others who try and loose also are winners for me.
    Thankyou for coming to my blog:) you asked me "who are you,what are you...." Well dint you read it in my porfile?...it says "I am a dreamer, I collect all the smiles from My yesterday, Neatly pack them into words and hide them in my heart,I call them "MEMORIES" for i have a tomorrow to Take them to"
    Happy blogging.

    By Blogger Akruti, at 3:22 pm  

  • Akruti !

    Thanks for taking time out to read my rant !

    I respect people who try. I once had a wallpaper with a quote that said "For every winner, there are dozens of losers. Chances are, you are one of them !"

    I had written a poem on making attempts once. Maybe I will post all my poems here someday.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 5:20 pm  

  • Excellant putting the cricket wishes at the top! - I haven't played in years, but I was never any good anyway! :)

    By Blogger Haddock, at 4:33 pm  

  • Haddock !!

    Thanks for the comment dude !

    You played cricket?
    Oh yes, now I notice you are an Englishman.

    Cricket has changed in the last 10 years. All the major stars of the 1996 world cup are now retired and most teams look totally different now. I ermember South Africa losing Johnty Rhodes, Allan Donald, Gary Kirsten and a lot of other players, all at one go. i think they had the most number of retirees !!

    Times change and so do people. Why dont you try and start playing cricket again? You can find some colleagues/friends in Germany who would be excited about learning a new game.

    Thanks again !


    By Blogger GuNs, at 6:16 pm  

  • No idea if your wish list is also numbered as your priority ....! If that is the case may be then... #11 might not make it for next 11 year....lol...however if you are really keen on pitching a tent and sleep in ...( u can have Himalaya's as back drop) then there is a place called as Mukteshwar...in Uttranchal. I have done the same and its awesome experience surpassing only the sleeping under the star lit sky in desert area ( Thar)... I think both experience are different...very eerie...!
    Back to Mukteshwar - you can view some photos -http://photos.yahoo.com/mountaingoats_1
    I think you will find a kindered soul in Vikram if you love Mountains...( I call him Pshyco :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:47 am  

  • Anonymous : Kuch sawaalaat !!
    1) Who art thou?
    2) Who is Vikram?
    3) Whose photo gallery is that?
    4) How did you happen to grace my blog and that too..such an old post?

    LOL, worry not. Its ok if you dont answer either of those.

    Thanks for the info on Mukteshwar. Maybe I WILL try it sometime. In fact, I did a long trip to North India in April. Check out my posts on it titled "Tour Itinerary" and "Trek To Triund". You can also get to my ZOTO photoalbum via the link in my sidebar. You can find a lot of photos from that tour in that gallery !

    Theres another post called "Trek the party" about a trek I did in Maharashtra. I've trekked to quite a few places in Maharashtra now. Always looking forard to more such adventures.

    Do visit again !


    By Blogger GuNs, at 10:34 am  

  • Ok here we go... though have you ever heard curiocity killed the...meow??

    Vikram is the person.. who runs an Orchard resort...loves mountains and is a Nomad at heart...and obviously its his photo gallery...!!
    If you are interested I can give his email id...!
    My photo album is so eclectic...that I would not force that on anyone...u might take a jump...even from your chair..!
    BTW - one is not suppose to send comments on OLD POST - is that what you mean?? Let me know....!
    Yes - I saw yr itinerary...infact I will be around that area...this weekend...looking forward to same...!
    No idea what made me visit your BLOG...I don't do that...I am not good at techie stuff...I think there was this post on " KANK" movie...rip off... types by somebody Suyog...and I think it was one of his comment about u... which made me look... actually it has left me with a bad headache - all this so much viewing & reading...!
    Byee for now... tk care -

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:16 am  

  • Anonymous :Oh no no...you are MORE THAN welcome to comment on older posts. I love to read comments from readers, whoever it may be. So feel free to comment. I will appreciate it.

    Oh, do post a comment about how your trip was. I will look forward to going there again sometime in the future !

    Headaceh ?? Oh, really sorry for being the cause of it !!

    I appreciate the comments. Great to know you and you have a great trip on the weekend !


    By Blogger GuNs, at 6:04 pm  

  • Back ...in one pc...trip to Mcleodgunj was major fiasco..real bummer...too much of crowd...it seems everybody was running away and taking up hole in hills...and if that was not enough ...it poured...! Only saving grace was getting the chance to listen to " spiritual Tibettan discource" by HH Dalai Lama.

    Highlight of the trip - found a small village( GARLI) ecently termed as Heritage village.... very well maintained...not much frequented... and ever so smiling people...got some nice shots of houses, real nice architecture...awesome iron grill work...and carving...mixed with clean lines...open courtyards!
    Quite fun trip and we got our car's tyres busted twice...lol...
    So yeah- these were few highlights of the trip... and no this was strictly " No trek" trip....!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:03 am  

  • Anon : Oh well, just when I thought Dharamsala wasn't a Mahabaleshwar [:(]. I guess we just went at an odd time. To be frank though, going off-season has its benefits from lower hotel rates, lower food rates, no crowd in the markets, no packed hotels, no arrogant rickshaw-wallas etc. It just gives you SPACE. Oh, and as an off-season customer, the hotel people make sure you have their undivided attention. We stayed at Hotel Atithi (the Youth Hostels Association Hostel for 300 bux a day).

    No trek huh? I realized how bad it is at Triund when it rains so I guess you took a wise decision.

    Would love to see those photographs if you ever put those up. you didnt mention food in that village. Did you have authentic Himalayan cuisine?

    We couldnt manage to make to to any of the monasteries due to lack of time. Will make it a point to do so when we go there next.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 12:53 pm  

  • I couldn't agree less...on advantages of off season time...! We coughd a lot in terms of stay...however food was dirt cheap.... we frequented lots of Dhabas...! Yum food..., aloo paratha...which melted in our mouth...! Athentic food... unfortunately not this time... except very different " Samosa" though I don't think Samosas are " Himachali...! So yeah we missed out on that...however I have attended one Himachali wedding...so for 5 days...we had this feast...( its called as Dham) belive me... awesome authentic food... however you just have to close your eyes...and use adage like " ignorance is bliss" its not super duper hygine...! I gorged on the stuff...like a PIG. I am a foodie.
    ok check out the following for my photos... however do not blame me if you get disappointed...this is just a snap shot.... very few photos... and all taken from Beg/ borrowed....!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:39 am  

  • Anonymous : Three questions:
    1) Are you a lady? [:-P]
    2) Where is THAT damn swimming pool? Wow !!
    3) Is it you in that swimming pool?

    Of course, the 1st and 3rd questions are related but lol...do answer.

    The sunset pic is SUPER. I mean, its really good. Maybe you ought to put some more pics up. Photography isnt a big deal if you have the eye for it.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 9:38 am  

  • 1) No - I hope not...!
    2) Kerala - to be precise Cochin, yes that pic just amazes me..though the caption was given by my companion... very apt... Infinity Pool... !
    3) No - that was my companion on that trip.

    You are right on having a good eye... and I think am ok sort of a person...!Only problem is I am too picky..I need my subject to be different, whacky..fun... and sort of crazy...! And since I do not own many possessions - if I am with friends... what do u think people do.... they want their images to reflect back... right !! Not many are interested in letting me tk pics of sunsets....or any thing else...I mean one time I got this opportunity to take I think approx 30 shots of sunsets...Oh my god... it still gives me kick to see those amazing colors...Nature at its creative best....! However such events are very few and far between...! Well its ok... I am collecting... lets see..!!
    Infact I recall one of your line - where you mentioned that you would like your every shot to be as You want them to be...!Aha truly a line which I also endorse.....!
    Thanks so much for your compliements... it has floored me.. gee... thx!!
    I will share my recent photos...( Garli) if you are interested whcih is more on Architectural types)
    BTW - I am wading through your other posts.I have read Swades one... I liked that one a lot...!
    Keep writing....! You really have such flowing way...w/ words.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 am  

  • 1) Disappointed [:-(]...LOL !!

    Sure I'd love to see your other photos. Give me the link. A description of Garli would be very helpful too.

    Thanks for the compliment and I am very glad that you enjoyed what I write. Many a times, its just a thoughtless thought (!!) thats running in my mind and I put it on my blog just to free it.

    Do keep reading.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 1:48 pm  

  • 1) Really - hmmm....sometime we only see what we want to see.

    Garli - very sleepy town..not more then 1000 people. Cobbled street ...winding roads ...and the houses are just amazing. This village has been declared as " Heritage village" this is just next door to Pragpur - again heritage village. Its amazing the way residents of this village are preserving the town.
    One thing which really touched me was people with " smiles" & second was kids - such innocense on their faces..you don't get to see all this in cities, moreover the kids in cities they know much beyond their ages...!
    Houses were real cool - I wouldn't mind the similar types...lol....in my dotage....! Open courtyard, sloping roofs, stained glass panes, grill work was amazing as well....! All this mere 100 odd years...whow... and people are still living there!
    All I can say is it was different -I mean it was not like your fine delicate carving work from Rajasthan or stamped with heavy stately feel like Kerala - it was more quaint...tranquil...!I would say very eclectic feel to same...! There was this house there ( family settled somewhere abroad) which had this beautiful dressing table - although it just bounced off my head - what it was doing on the patio...I thought that pc of furniture should go inside......anyways...!
    Pics... I haven't got time till now to download -in fact I will not be able to do so till next month... as I am travelling again! As soon as I do so will send.
    Prewarning though - I am quite a traditionalist - so not too good on techie stuff....very slow...!
    I think I might have to hold on to reading all your other stuff and wikiing info till next month...! Thanks so much for sending detailed info...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:48 pm  

  • Re-live that day, that year, that place (6/7/3)?

    By Blogger Jeah, at 9:00 am  

  • By Blogger 文章, at 9:22 am  

  • Hey Peace!
    Do you STILL read your comments?
    I hope you do :)

    It was woderful reading your blog.I wish I could read more NOW but sleep catching up :/

    Sincerely hope you write more SOON!


    By Anonymous Swadha, at 1:22 am  

  • hoping* (sleep) :p

    By Anonymous Swadha, at 1:23 am  

  • @Swadha: What a wonder, I still do. :) Thanks a lot for writing. You didn't leave a link back to yourself though. Please read more and next time leave me a link to get back to you.


    By Anonymous GuNs, at 3:28 am  

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