Before I die …

“When the time comes, forget the wrongs that I’ve done, help me leave behind some, reasons to be missed; don’t resent me, and when you’re feeling empty, keep me in your memory, leave out all the rest, leave out all the rest!”

I’ve thought of death so often, wondered what it’d be like when that time came. I’ve been at the edge, with one foot over, only to be pulled back by friends who knew the gloom, the negativity that had surrounded me at that time. Maybe that’s one reason I relate to “Leave out all the rest” by Linkin Park, one of my favorite bands.

Recently, Bhavya tagged me to share ten things I want to do before I die. I’ve never thought of a bucket list as such, so this took me some time to mull over. So these are ten.

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  1. Meet some of my blogger friends who I haven’t met before, including the wonderful gal who tagged me to do this list.
  2. Go to Manchester and take a tour of Old Trafford, the football stadium, maybe watch a United match if I can. Even if I do only that one thing in Manchester, I want to do this.
  3. To see my name in print, in an anthology, a book of my poems or a novel, and be known for my writing. To make my passion into my profession would be good.
  4. To spend some time teaching. I’ve taught my classmates when I was in college, so I know I can do it.
  5. Get married in a simple ceremony. Don’t want an expensive hall, or far away relatives I don’t know attending. Just to exchange garlands with the girl at a small temple, with our families and close friends present to give their blessing.
  6. Go to Kanyakumari and see both the sunrise and sunset over the Indian Ocean. There’s nothing quite as magical as that.
  7. Bungee jump. I’ve looked down from a bridge, but the thought of jumping down has always been scary, even with the knowledge that I might not necessarily go splat!
  8. Learn to speak Bengali, Marathi, Telugu and at least three foreign languages. I know a little bit of French, so I want to learn more of it. In addition, maybe Spanish and German.
  9. Meet a few of my favorite authors. Gulzar saab, Lee Child, JK Rowling are at the top of this list.
  10. To close my eyes and take the last breath with the satisfaction that I have done all that I could and that my life is complete.

I ask Pins, Renu, Harshal and Sid to take this on.


(28th September 2014)

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Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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