List of 30 and Counting


This was a list I had started to compile when I was in JNU (2004-2006). Thought it would be fun and challenging to set myself 30 things to do before I turn 30. The ones in red have already been accomplished. However, I turned 30 in 2012, and I haven’t yet completed all of them. No matter! I still am working off of this list.

  1. Study Abroad
  2. Go for a trek
  3. Read all of 100 greatest books of all times as listed by Time Magazine
  4. Learn to swim
  5. Learn and perfect French
  6. Ace an exam
  7. Visit the Pyramids
  8. Visit all the SAARC countries (not too sure of Pakistan though)
  9. Try out at least 7 cuisines (read not Indian, ‘Chindian’ or Pizzas) – Greek, Thai, Burmese, Turkish, Japanese, French, Belgian/Dutch, Surinamese, Indonesian, Italian
  10. Solve a Rubik’s cube
  11. Get an article published in an up market travel magazine
  12. Take a “frame-worthy” photograph
  13. Watch all the 100 greatest movies by Time/AFI
  14. Paint a picture I am reasonably satisfied with
  15. Get a job I love – yes, I love my job at the World Bank!
  16. Sponsor a child – Too ambitious for the 30s list. Need to think this over.
  17. Learn to use a chopsticks well enough to use them in public
  18. Take a hot air balloon ride
  19. Take a meditational retreat
  20. Learn a dance form
  21. Read all of Lord of the Rings back to back
  22. Know my favourite poems well enough to be able to quote them – Too vague. Needs to be replaced
  23. Go backpacking – Went for a 6 day trek to Pindari Glacier.
  24. Try out an adventure sport – Went scuba diving. Thanks PG!
  25. Read Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace
  26. Go to Tibet – Went to Lhasa. Read this post for the adventure.
  27. Blow up a really old picture of ma & pa and get it framed
  28. Know how to order wine – This is lame! I don’t have a knack for it. To be replaced by something better.
  29. Volunteer for a cause – Did better! Started my own group with Sandeep and Anubhav and partnered with local NGOs in small towns.
  30. Stay at one of the super luxury hotels anywhere in the world – Sort of did at Sheraton Rajputana Hotel Palace
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