Tributes to the Women Who Added Colours to my Life

As the world celebrates Women’s Day and India celebrates Holi, I feel so proud and gratified to write about these ladies who stood by me in times of distress, guided me to wade through troubled waters and added colours to my life.

My darling sister(first cousin) Ms. Kalaivani

My college buddy Ms. Lina

My English Prof., Mentor and God Mother Ms. Charumathi

My colleague and a lovely buddy Ms. Kiruthika

…to be continued

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100+ things to make an Incredible Life!

Read a few articles on 100 things to do before you die, by a few enthusiasts! Gave a serious thought and decided why don’t I write my own. I picked a few from the net and inserted a few on my own. The list exceeded 100 and hence changed the title as ‘100+ things to make an Incredible Life!’ The list can grow even more. The philosophy is to crowd as many great experiences into life, make a dignified living and also to treat people with kindness and respect. (Follow your heart, but do not break any)
 
1. Write down your personal mission statement, follow it, and revise it from time to time
2. Make sure to tell your friends and family how much you love them so that when you do die… they won’t wonder and you’ll be at peace.
3. Stop worrying about the things that you can do nothing about and start doing things you can and are passionate about
4. Fall deeply in love — helplessly and unconditionally
5. Tell someone the story of your life, sparing no details
6. Have a mentor
7. Let someone feed you
8. Hug your loved ones often
9. Kiss someone you’ve just met on a blind date
10. Find a job you love
11. Build a huge business empire
12. Get passionate about a cause and spend time helping it, instead of just thinking about it
13. Write your will
14. Give to a charity — anonymously
15. Attend at least one major sporting event: Olympics, Tour de France, Wimbledon
16. Attend one really huge rock concert
17. Set foot on each of the seven continents, you can truly call yourself a world traveler
18. Climb one of the world’s Seven Summits
19. Tour monuments around national capital region – Delhi
20. Tour Kashmir & Ladakh
21. Tour Rajasthan, indulge staying in a palace
22. Tour Mauritius
23. Swim with a dolphin/shark
24. Skydive
25. Ski
26. SCUBA dive in the Great Barrier Reef. The largest coral reef in the world
27. Surf. Catch the waves
28. Bungee Jump. Experience the adrenaline rush
29. Take a ride on the highest roller coaster in the country
30. Go up in a hot-air balloon
31. Go white water rafting
      -> Rafted at Galibore; planning to do in Ganges too.
32. Go Rock climbing/trekking
     -> Went on a few hikes while at SSA
33. Explore a cave
34. Learn to rollerblade
35. Run a marathon

      -> Completed the Half Marathon as part of Spirit of Wipro Run 2011

36. Cross a country on a bicycle
37. Learn to ride a horse
      -> At SSA, just learnt how to trot
38. Take a martial arts class
39. Have your portrait painted
40. Develop a talent for photography
41. Learn to play a musical instrument (Keyboard) with some degree of skill
42. Learn to speak a foreign language (Spanish) and make sure you use it
43. Watch the launch of the space shuttle/satellite
44. Own a wonderful motorbike (Thunderbird/Harley Davidson)
45. Own a wonderful SUV
46. Buy/build a wonderful house
47. Own a room with a view
48. Sleep under the stars
49. Shower in a waterfall
50. Buy a round-the-world air ticket and a rucksack, and run away
51. Be a member of the audience in a TV show
52. Sit on a jury
53. Be an extra in a film
54. Spend a whole day reading a great novel
55. Get to know your neighbors
56. Spend a whole day eating junk food without feeling guilty
57. Spend three months getting your body into optimum shape
58. Plant a tree
59. Grow a garden
60. Grow and eat your own vegetables
61. Make cookies from scratch
62. Go deep sea fishing and eat your catch
63. Go without food for a few days
64. Watch a meteor shower

     -> At SSA, after a tiring inter-house water polo competition, Col. Verma mustered the students at Oval ground by 1 AM, to show us what a meteor shower is. Unfortunately it turned out to be a celestial fiasco!

65. Edge Of Space Supersonic Jet Ride
66. Take a ride on a fighter jet/Pilot an airplane
67. Dive into the ocean on-board a submarine
68. Tour Egypt, Climb or get inside the great Pyramid of Egypt, Go on a Nile river cruise
69. Ride a camel into the desert
70. Visit the Great Wall of China
71. Ride the Trans-Siberian Express across Asia
72. Go wild in Rio during Carnival
73. Visit the Amazon rainforest
74. Take an African Safari (Masai Mara)
75. Cross a glacier on foot
76. Climb an active volcano
77. Buy a boat and learn to sail
78. Bathe in the Ganges
79. Gamble at Las Vegas
80. Covert Ops (Incredible-Adventures.com)
81. Go to Disney World
82. Play in the mud
83. Play in the rain
84. Go to a drive-in theater
85. Be on a cruise ship
86. Get a tattoo
87. Tour ancient sites
88. Fire a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
     -> Took part in firing competitions, while at SSA and during NCC camps
89. Be in a combat zone
90. Do something you should regret, but don’t regret it
91. Get flowers for no reason
92. Ask for a raise
93. Publish an article about your travels
94. Teach someone illiterate to read
95. Save a life/Sponsor some ones education
96. Look into your child’s eyes, see yourself, and smile
97. Visit the birthplace of your ancestors
98. Find out something significant that your ancestors did
99. Create your Family Tree
100. Forgive your parents
101. Invent or discover something that changes the world for the better
102. Shake hands with someone who has truly changed a country
103. Have your picture in the newspaper
       ->  Appeared in local newspapers when I won a few quizzes & other inter collegiate
              competitions 
104. Write articles for a large publication
105. Write a book
106. Donate money and put your name on something: a college scholarship, building
107. Volunteer abroad for a month
108. Be able to handle: your tax forms, your banker, investments
109. Learn how to take a compliment
110. Learn not to say yes when you really mean no
111. Learn how to complain effectively — and do it!
112. Reflect on your greatest weakness, and realize how it is your greatest strength
113. Stand up for yourself
114. Learn to take criticism gracefully
115. Be someone’s mentor
116. Be the boss
117. Own one very expensive but absolutely wonderful business suit
118. Create your own web site
119. Throw a huge party and invite every one of your friends
120. Be content with yourself. Accept yourself for who you are
121. Actually feel happy about your life, even for just a moment
122. Donate a substantial amount of your personal wealth to charity
123. Laugh enough! Love much! Live well!
 
You only get one shot at life. Make yours exactly how you want it to be. LIVE!
 
Cheers,
 
Ashok Prabhu T
Happiness is a choice…
Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.
”―  Bronnie Ware
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” ― Bob Marley
“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” ― Bob Marley  
“Life is God’s gift to man. What we do with it is our gift to God.” Harold B. Lee

“Have the will to be well, to be happy, and to live in joy.” ~ Ernest Holmes 

 
Addendum:

124. Be on a record book

125. Learn to play tennis

126. Become a Collector
       -> I collect News Paper Articles, Photographs, Jokes, Poems
127. Have a hobby
       -> Cyclist. Traveler. News Paper Articles, Photographs, Jokes, Poems Collector.

128. Watch the American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest Movies

129. Learn not to take what others do or say personally
130. Become an early riser
 
131. Face your greatest fears

132. Be there at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos