The spiritual, deeper and life-lasting desires are similar for most of us. But here are my simple worldly desires in random order. Some are my own to complete and others are shared dreams with my husband, Vineet.
1. Run a half marathon.
Become a happy and committed vegetarian. (The year 2003 was the turning point and I have never looked back.)
Learn and often recite a spiritual (not religious) Sanskrit prayer that I can imbibe with every recital.
4. Stay in Ladakh for two weeks. (We went in July 2009 for a week to celebrate Vineet’s Phd completion and the start of our life together. However, we were unable to complete the trip due to altitude sickness and missed the Nubra Valley drive although we saw Pangong Lake on the Indo-China border and toured the various monasteries. Buddha and Buddhists hold a special place in my life and I love some of their chants especially “nam myo ho renge kyo”. Hence Ladakh is special to me. I bought my first wood carved Buddha there. I am not striking this dream as Leh is all about just being there and we want to go back once more to do that. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world so you need to give yourself an extra week to just soak it in without doing much.)
5. Invest in a social venture (an unreasonable dream). It does not matter who has started it as long as the team is accessible to me and I can contribute and experience the impact created.
6. Write a book, tell a story, or make a movie.
Drive across the US. (We drove leisurely with lots of sight seeing over 14 days from Philadelphia to Seattle and drove back 3 months later. The second drive was in 4 days.)
8. Visit 10 of the world’s most beautiful national parks. [
YellowStone (US), Yosemite (US), Olympic (US), Jim Corbett (India), Kaziranga (India), Serengeti (Tanzania), Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary (Peru), Kruger National Park (South Africa), Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal), Yellow Dragon Scenic Area (China), …]
9. Visit Italy.
10. Climb a tough mountain. [The longest hike I have done is 5 hours]
11. Create or nurture or expand a consumer brand in India.
12. Watch a Grand Slam match live.
13. Build or get involved with a design school. [Inspiration is D-school at Stanford]
14. Become a TED Fellow or a TED speaker.
15. Visit all the states in India – (Andaman & Nicobar,
Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal)
16. Visit sand dunes in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
No daily addictions to boiled tea or coffee. Instead only drink lightly brewed teas. Make green tea, jasmine tea, hot water, and yogi chai a part of life.