Do you have a bucket? If not, do you still die well?
Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara are cult films that ensured we bought that bucket that houses our dreams and escapades.
To the not so knowledgeable, The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Bob Reiner. It's about two terminally ill men on a road trip to fulfill their wish list.
You knew about this? Maybe yes, maybe no. But everybody seems to have it, either original or copied from someone. It makes one look all too KOOL and the ones who don't have it to look like FOOLS. If I get it right, it’s all copied. The idea, the trend, and the list. ;)
It's a trend that started a decade ago; I do not really remember if it was around DDLJ and KKHH times. To the non-Bollywood types - it's the movie Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayegein and Kuch Kuch Hota hai. Yes, we sometimes refer to that era by these names.
And post then, everyone has acquired a bucket list, and there are two things pretty much everyone wants to do- adventure and travel. It's become a life ka 'sawaal' now. You don't die well if you haven't done rafting on Victoria Falls—The Zambezi River, Zimbabwe or snorkeled in Bimini, Bahamas.
The more, the better the bucket looks and even better look the FB posts and the likes. Paragliding, Skiing, Rock Climbing, Trekking, White water rafting, Bungee Jumping, Canoeing, Snorkeling, Deep sea fishing, walking safaris, waterskiing, windsurfing, and the list goes on and on and on.
All exotic locales, especially the islands which have earned our fascination in recent times- Bora Bora, St. Martin, Bali, Maldives, etc. are having the best times...if you didn't make love to your newlywed wife in Bali, your sex life is doomed forever. The honeymoon is not about the relationship. It's about the relationship in an exotic locale with a DSLR camera and Wi-Fi with an active FB account.
Adventure is not about experience. It's about getting ready for the glide, turning, pouting, and clicking, then take off, gliding and clicking, then gliding back and clicking, and once down from the sky, getting on Wi-Fi. Ghosh, the world is waiting to get the breaking news- 'I just paraglided. Huh! Posted! Now the world can go to sleep in peace. I just saved the world from a restless night. Phewwwww.' Thank god for Facebook in life; otherwise, how would we get to showcase our accomplishments to the world?
Why do they do it?
Isn't it simple?
To tell the world how their bucket is leaking drop by drop. Pictures are taken meticulously, right before the dive, then in the dive and after the dive, right before a glide, in the glide and after the glide, right before boarding, in the flight, and after the flight. That's quite hard work to update...or no?
To ensure the world knows that they have money to afford a rich bucket.
To spread the word- I have a bucket. I am kind of KOOL, and the ones who have that faded blue bucket with a shabby-looking mug from which they take morning bath...you better get a nice bucket for yourself. You can't let your life waste in this faded bucket. You just don't die WELL. And if you can't get it, ask that friend of yours. Maybe he can sponsor your bucket. Just beg him hard; I am sure he has a big heart.
Big bucket = big heart. ;)
Just stumbled upon Karimul Haque story. Do watch - https://youtu.be/HPMi42iAJeA
Now that's a bucket to have. I am stumped. How many of us have such a bucket? Shifting the flashlight from self to others - try this adventure. It takes a lifetime to learn...and many die without the experience. Those who do- It's a life well-lived.