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Get cracking on your bucket list

DNMUM348994 | 11/6/2015 | Author : Shraddha Shirodkar | WC :405

Smriti Modi of theitchlist.com talks about ticking things off the bucket list, Meher Moos and more
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Start scratching is what Smriti Modi—the founder of theitchlist.com, a social network that encourages people to fulfil their dreams—advises. The dreams could be anything from learning rock climbing, travelling to the farthest corner of the country, swimming in the Antarctica or making a short film. The concept is simple—create your itch list (things that you've been wanting to do), scratch them off the list on your own or with a buddy, and finally, share and inspire the world to do the same.

Making dreams come true
Judging by the success of her previous meetups with the Itch List community—which stands strong at 5,000 across India—Modi is hopeful that people, Indians in particular, will shed their fears and inhibitions and strike things off their bucket list. When asked what stops most people from achieving their dreams, Modi says, "Procrastination is the number one reason. However, when you are surrounded by like-minded people and you make a public announcement of your itch list, there are many who will encourage you. We also send out reminders to people."
What started more than a year ago as a personal project for Modi has now turned into a full-time occupation. "This is an interesting time in India as the facilities for say, scuba diving are improving, as opposed to earlier, when you had to go overseas to learn it," says Modi, "However, I'm trying to address the mindset—as Indians, we have certain fears like travelling alone or the fear of failure."

The Meher Moos connection
After having won a sizeable amount at the Courtyard by Marriott Young Entrepreneur Challenge, Modi invested it into the website. She even got in touch with India's favourite intrepid traveller—Meher Moos, initially to ask her to share her stories. Meher Moos, the 71-year-old adventurer who has travelled to 180 countries in 50 years, has since participated in an Itch List get-together, sharing her story, answering questions about finances for travelling, racism, etc. thereby inspiring all those who attended.
Moos will team up with Modi tomorrow as part of 'Itchy Tales of the Unexplored India with Meher Moos'. "Many people believe that you need to have a lot of money to have a good travelling experience, which is not true. There are many unexplored places in India, which offer a truly exceptional experience," says Modi. Meher Moos will talk about some of the unexplored India that she thinks people should add to their itch lists.


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