the visual way ..
1. Most desired celebrity
Sigh.......... Good Bad or Ugly, he is an eternal crush
2. Want to do this some day
I nuture this dream of taking an elephant ride for the last couple of years. I remember the day I fought with Achan to let me do that. We were at some exhibition. There was this small elephant that was available for a small ride @ Rs10. It was a "kid" elephant and only "kids" were availing of the entertainment.
Achan said he had no problems as long as I do it when he was not around. He said his grown up daughter can't embarass him by choosing an entertainment only kids upto 10 year old were taking up.
I was adamant that I wanted to do it and he was adamant that I can't as long as he was around. FInally we reached at a compromise. He gave me 10 bucks and told me that I could do that after Achan, Amma & Brother had reached outside the gate. I was supposed to take the ride on my own, without making much fuss about it and join them in 10 mins.
All this was happening at 20 mtr distance from the elephant. Once Achan left I approached the elephant with shivering knees. I could see Achan throwing casual glaces in my direction. I was determined. As I was approaching the elephant I could get the strong smell of its excrement. I couldn't breath. While I was waiting for my turn in the long queue of clammering kids, I thought I would puke.
Half of the kids backed off as they approached their turn. Out of the other half, almost all of them screamed their lungs out. Well, I am light hearted. I didn't wait it to be my turn. I just turned back and ran back to the protecting circle of my loving family, waiting outside.
Brother hasn't forgotten about it till date. I have taken both a Camel ride & a horse ride as a preparation. I am two steps closer to my destination. Next time I see any elephant wandering on the Mumbai streets, I am gonna bribe the mahout. All I want is a photo of Her Higness sitting on it, to throw at a never-forgetting brother.
3. Want to visit this place
"If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here."
His Majesty Shihabuddin Muhammad Shahjahan, the fifth Mughal emperor.
4. Random Favorite
And I call it beauty !!!!!!!!!!
I have seen pictures of Taj. Have seen those miniature models. Never understod what is the beuty of this much touted building.
Then I got a chance to see it. When we enterd the main gate and got the first glimpse, I stood there, gasping for breath. Taj was glowing, right in front of my eyes.
I haven't seen much of the world. But I doubt if any other man made sturucture can beat it when it comes to beauty. My pooer vocabulary doesn't let me describe how I felt when I was there. So far, I was never so awestruck.
Was it Stalin who said Taj is nothing but the tears and lives of thousands of poor and helpless laborours? Could be, still I can't stop admiring it.
If you ever get a chance, go and feel what beauty is.