Actions, Things, and Feelings That Make Me Smile

40 Things I Love Challenge

2 min readJan 30, 2019


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This is a challenge where we publish a post with 40 things we love. We are supposed to nominate others for the challenge, and then they do the same.

The idea behind this is to think about, appreciate and share the things you love. And then finally request others to do the same.

Thanks, Rita Alexandra for nominating me. While trying to come up with 40 things, I realized that at least ten to fifteen of them do not cost money or health. The only thing keeping me from doing them is laziness and a lack of awareness.

As I reached the end of the list, I promised myself to do at least three to four of them every day.

Here’s my list, as promised:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Riding my motorcycle on open roads
  4. Waking up early and not feeling sleepy
  5. Taking pictures of my messy room, table, bed etc
  6. Coloring
  7. Spending time with people who understand me
  8. Finding a solution after struggling with a problem (mostly about software development)
  9. Watching movies in a theater
  10. Travelling (in car, bus, train, plane anything)
  11. Unboxing stuff (especially the one I order online)
  12. Buying gifts for people I love
  13. Singing along with my favorite songs
  14. Staring at the sky and the moon
  15. Being near a natural water body
  16. Laughing a lot on something not that funny
  17. Sleeping
  18. The feeling when my code works
  19. Collecting quotes in a notebook (now you know what I do with all the lines I highlight on Medium)
  20. The smell and sound of rain
  21. The silence of early mornings or late nights
  22. The stillness of summer afternoons
  23. The feeling after a workout session
  24. The smell of new books
  25. The sound of bamboo flute
  26. Gramophones
  27. Music
  28. Bollywood songs from the 60s and 70s
  29. Coffee (with milk and sugar)
  30. Green tea; the one made from loose tea leaves, not tea bags
  31. Thin crust pizza
  32. Ice-cream
  33. Full charged phone, laptop, kindle,… any digital device
  34. Analog watches and clocks
  35. Gaming computers and related accessories
  36. Notebooks, Journals, Diaries, Calendars, envelops, highlighters … everything that falls under stationery
  37. Sitcoms (name the one you are watching, chances are I have watched it)
  38. Clean, sorted, and minimal desk (but not the process of cleaning it)
  39. Google maps
  40. All sorts of gadgets

Now it’s my turn to nominate some of the people I enjoy reading and whose work on Medium has inspired me.

What do you love Yan, Dharmesh Basapati, Gloria Xiaolu Zhang, Tanvi Kant, Remington Write, Vanessa Torre, Karthik Rajan, Patrick Byron, Marta Brzosko, Mike Range?