Everyday on the way to work I listen to FM Radio. My favourite station is Radio City 91.1. On this station there is a feature called Babbar Sher which is telecast every hour. The feature consists of a fun sher followed by a completely random statement. The statement typically brings a chuckle. Yesterday’s statement was the caption of this blog. मुझे एक बार रोड रोलर पे बैठके घुमना है! (I want to ride a road roller once!). That really started a chain of thoughts.
I was reminded of a couple of rides that I always wished to have.
Since I was very young, I wanted to ride in the guard bogey of a goods train. I was and still am fascinated by the that bogey.
You can see the guard standing on the extension, leaning on the railing and showing the flag as the goods train clears the station or the level crossing.
I imagined myself sitting in the the guard bogey in an easy chair looking back at a setting sun as the train moved away.
Another ride that I always wanted to have was in an airplane cockpit. I always wondered that if the view from a side window is so beautiful, how great would the view from cockpit be. To some extent, it got fulfilled when we went for a trek to Everest base camp. We travelled in a very small, 16 seater plane and I could sit right behind the pilot. The photograph on the right is the rising airstrip at Lukla taken from the that plane.
We have many such wishes, but we just brush them aside as impossible and give up on them. From my own experience, and based on what the old and wise people say, such wishes will really come true if you truly want it. As Omprakash Makhija says in Om Shanti Om, अगर किसी चीज को दिल से चाहो सारी कायनात उसे तुमसे मिलाने मे लग जाती है. Which is very similar to what Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist says. When you really desire something with your heart & soul, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it! See. Wise people think alike, Paulo Coelho, Omprakash Makhija & ME .
So keep wishing, even if it’s as ridiculous as wanting to ride a road roller. Did you ever have a wish that you discarded because it seemed stupid? Did you have a seemingly foolish wish that actually got fulfilled? Please share.