Things To Do Before I Die

No, this isn’t just any other bucket list. This one’s unique.

There are quite a few bucket lists floating around in the blogosphere (By the way, is the word ‘blogosphere’ extinct?). I’ve seen and read them all, and most of them follow a predictable formula – go traveling somewhere, see some sights, taste some foods, etc. That’s all fine and dandy, and I wish them all the best in their endeavors. I have a few of those things to do as well, but I don’t think they would qualify for my bucket list. For example, I’d love to see a sunset over the Grand Canyon someday and I would give a hand and a foot to see the insides of a Pyramid. But these are things that I can and will do over the next few years. What I would ideally put in my bucket list are unconventional things that one would not normally find in conventional bucket lists.

Here’s my list.

  1. I want to see the DNA molecule. Not the vague, hazy white mass that appears at the bottom of a test tube after centrifugation, no. I want to see the molecule in all its double helical glory. I don’t think anyone has. Ever.
  2. I want someone to come up with a concrete explanation for the nature of light. I think Newton was confused enough to propose two theories that fit his math better. If light is a wave, then one equation works and if light is made up of particles, then the other equation fails. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that both these schools of thought were born out of necessity than reality. I want to see a solid unifying explanation before I die.
  3. I want to travel around the world in 80 days without flying. If Jules Verne can do it (or his character, at least), then so should I. Yeah, I know, this isn’t exactly a wow-event, but it’d be cooler than seeing the Eiffel Tower. And without flights, it’d be double the fun!
  4. I want to be able to sit on my porch with my dog on a Monday morning, put my feet up, open a can of cold beer, and shoot trespassers with birdshot. Redneck for a day. Nice concept!
  5. So far, in all my 27 years, there has only one book that has made me go, “Oh wow!” at the end – Italo Calvino’s “If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler”. I want to read three more such books before I die.
  6. There are seven people I know whose lives I want to ruin. I think I should be able to do that without too much trouble. Don’t worry, I’m not a scheming psychopath. I just think that these seven people deserve a lot worse for all the lives they have ruined.

One fine day, I’m going to buy a house in Gokarna and settle down there. What would make life more interesting at that point of time is owning a nice big tavern on the ground floor.

One day at a time.

PS: I used the full screen distraction free feature of worpress to write this. A neat idea, Jane. Thanks!

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

12 thoughts on “Things To Do Before I Die

  1. Phew!!! Let me know if you get a chance to do any of those.. I would like to join too.. Fantastic list dude

  2. @Divs After a long time, welcome back to MirrorCracked! 🙂
    Thanks, I’ll keep you updated on the progress of these tasks. (Sheesh! I sound so PR-ish, don’t I?) 😀

  3. I like your list. 🙂 Love the DNA & the light theory one. Do let me know if I can join in on those two! Though wondering who those 7 ppl are on #6?!?!

  4. @Apar Nice to see you back in action. 🙂
    Or maybe you’ve always been in action and I don’t respond much these days! 🙂
    If there’s one person I’d allow to share in the joys of #1 and #2, it’d be you. Welcome aboard! And the seven people, well, let it be a surprise. As and when I ruin one asshole, I’ll update you! 🙂

  5. Living in TX as a brown person, #4 could hypothetically be achieved. If you need a porch, a dog, beer and a shotgun, just let me know. I can make it happen.

  6. Nah…not back in action..just read all posts. Just commented on this one 🙂 Will wait for your updates! & thank you 🙂

  7. When you are done with the 3rd one….just let us know. I will try doing it in 79 days then 😉

  8. for #2, unfortunately there is no easy way of unification because if you want ‘See’ the light we are limited by our form of species, we have a so called perceptual limit.This probably why we need to “understand” light,just like the deranged maniac who believes he is napoleon thats why we need to ‘understand’ why he is napoleon even though we ‘see’, he is not. same concept at #1, these are inferred realities of the fabric of this cosmos, i know philosophy was not the intent of the blogpost but truth and inferred truth are some thing which are in constant play. thought id share

  9. Your number 3 is also on my list -> . From my research the worst problem will be with the Atlantic Ocean 🙂 If you’re going to achive this goal in the near feture please let me know. Just ping me 🙂

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