Things That define Me

 By Somali K Chakrabarti

 What Defines Me


What I value most

As I sat down to write this post, I asked myself ‘What do I value most?

The realization dawned upon me that what I value today is very different from what I valued some years back. Who I am as a person today is not the same as who I was even five years back.

However, what has remained relevant all throughout is the fact that I have allowed myself to learn, evolve, change and challenge my own thinking.

The sum of my experiences, and what I have learned from them define me.

Books have broadened my horizon, travel and interaction with people from different places and countries have taught me the importance of diversity and tolerance. I feel enriched by the wisdom in the doha of Kabir, as much as I feel inspired by the play of words of Wordsworth. The rhymes of Sukumar Roy, songs of Rabindranath Tagore, poems of Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, Sumitranandan Pant have shaped my imagination as much as the writings of Shakespeare and Shelly.

My quest for knowledge continues till date, and stereotypes, I do not propagate.


My Personal Philosophy

The only variable, I believe, which is fully and directly under our control is our own attitude. My thoughts and attitude define me, as do my zealpatience and perseverance.

It is said that the ability to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances makes the difference between a whiner and a winner.

I am clear in my mind that I do NOT want to spend my time whining, whatever the situation is.

I love this quote and completely believe in it :

My personal philosophy would be don’t whine, don’t let opportunities pass you by, be willing to work hard, and remember that you don’t know as much as you think you do, ever.  ~ James Marsters


Success for me is

I measure my success in terms of the value I can create, the work I can do and what I can give back to the society. If I can inspire someone, even for a moment, to do better or think better, I feel I have done something worthwhile.


So That’s Me


This blog is a reflection of how I think and what I believe in. Here you can find more about the things that define me.


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23 thoughts on “Things That define Me

  • January 30, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    The best i read today. Each is a new begining a new thing to be learned which will bring me closer to success. Not just material trappings but more than that. A lasting fulfilment when i inspire others .

  • January 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Superb post, Somali. You are multifaceted and admire your writing style. I wonder how you find time to do all these. Hugs and love.

    • January 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Hey Rekha, thank you so much. Since I started writing I’m Loving It ! From your blog, I am sure you are also enjoying the writing bit too. All your comments and suggestions keep me going. Cheers. 🙂

  • January 30, 2015 at 8:31 pm


    Glad to see you and know you more. Enjoy 🙂

    • January 31, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you Maniparna. Well for me a big perk from blogging is to interact with motivated and talented people in the blogging community, like yourself, who consistently create and share good content. This in turn further motivates me to write 🙂

  • February 2, 2015 at 2:32 am

    The Poem is Awesome…with the accompanying text, i don’t think you could have given more meaning to the use of ‘And.’

    Pleasure reading, Somali.

  • February 2, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Whatever happens to us happens for us, the Creator does not dial wrong numbers,

    Every suffering we receive, experience, it makes us stretch ourselves out of our comfort zones and with every effort, we qualify for the next class.

    Nothing goes to waste !!

    • February 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you sir for reading and adding such a valuable piece of wisdom. What we learn from our experiences shape us. The creator does not dial wrong numbers – this is exactly the kind of faith can help us to tide through tough times.

  • February 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Beautiful post!! The lines so precious you have shaped into a poem. 🙂

  • February 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    This one was truly wonderful. You have the ability to convert simplest of the things into beautiful poetry.

  • November 14, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Somali, I am awake before the sun this morning and have been reading some of your posts. It is a lovely, peaceful way to begin a day. Thank you…Clare


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