10 Quotes that will prompt you to reconnect with old friends

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It takes a long time to grow an old friend.  ~ John Leonard

People change, their priorities change and yet there is a common thread that binds old friends. The thread of shared memories. The year 2017 marks the 25th year of my passing out of college. It started with a nostalgic reunion with my old classmates from college at the silver jubilee meet in Delhi in February.

 

Connecting on social media had smoothed out the initial awkwardness of meeting after such a long gap as we got to know what each person had been up to in life since we were last together. With joy and anticipation, we planned to meet a day before the reunion.

If you’re old enough to have a job and to have a life, you use Facebook exactly as advertised, you look up old friends. ~ Jaron Lanier

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~ Elisabeth Foley

Nostalgia struck as we reminisced about the times we had spent in the old campus during our college days. Delhi Technical University was then known as Delhi College of Engineering. The campus where we studied was at Kashmiri Gate in Old Delhi. A new sprawling campus was coming up at Rohini, in the outskirts of Delhi. We had been to the site of the new campus a couple of times with our professors to study the design of the foundation. Three years after we had passed out, the college shifted out of its old premises into the new campus.

While they talked they remembered the years of their youth and each thought of the other as he had been at another time. ― John Williams

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We remembered our teachers and the projects and training that we had done together. We burst into laughter recollecting the stories of the monkeys who resided in the campus and frequented our classrooms from time to time. We recalled a field trip to Nainital and Dehradun when a massive earthquake shook up the whole state in the middle of the night; it had left us completely shaken up.

A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. ~Francis Bacon

On the next day, we had the opportunity to meet some of our old professors and some distinguished alumni the felicitation ceremony was held at Air Force Auditorium.  

However, sometimes people drift so apart that after the initial euphoria has fizzled out there’s nothing more to talk about. The next quote conveys this uneasy thought.

It’s always hard when you’ve known a person a long time and then you have to recognise that you have nothing left in common but your memories.” ~  Eva Heller

But then, chances are higher that reconnecting with old friends will rekindle your inner spirit. 

Old stories are like old friends. You have to visit them from time to time. ~ George R.R. Martin

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer

We had parted with a resolve to meet again to make new memories. Five of us have teamed up for an all women’s trip together to Moscow & St Petersburg. So, yes travel stories are to follow. 

 

PS: This is a scheduled post.

10 Quotes on the Joys of a Good Conversation

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10 Quotes on the Joys of a Good Conversation

 By Somali K Chakrabarti

Stimulating Conversations

Some conversations flow spontaneously, create uplifting vibes, and leave you upbeat and energized. These conversations go beyond the icebreakers, normal pleasantries, small talks and jokes, discussions on mundane matters, or venting out problems and happen to be more engaging, and mentally stimulating. Possibly because these conversations are around things that we may care deeply about or may help us to discover new things about ourselves, or to develop new perspectives. While silly chatter with close friends often help to unwind, engaging conversations reveal the depth of one’s personality and sometimes they may leave a deep impression on the mind.

Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.  — Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 

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10 Quotes on Why Too Many Choices Can Make It Harder To Choose

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could.

ROBERT FROST in The Road Not Taken

Life is all about the choices we make. Time and again, we come across situations when we must choose one option over the other. Much like multiple choice questions, of the many given alternatives, we need to select the one, which under the given circumstances seems to be the best, correct or most optimum as compared to the others. Though there is something very exciting and liberating about the ability to choose and most of the times we crave for choice, yet, the decision to choose can be stressful too.

 

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Resilience of Nature and Life

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Resilience in Adversity

Tiny

Tender shoots,

Outgrowths of an uprooted tree,

Stir and wake from a dormant state,

Thrusting their way up, crack open a hard

Stone surface; in search of sunlight,

They claim their right

To live

Resilience of Nature and Life !!

© Somali K Chakrabarti

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10 Quotes on Need for Brevity in Communication

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

The need for brevity in communication has been stressed upon time and again. Whether you are making an official presentation to your superior or you are making your pitch, you are expected to be brief, and to the point in your presentation.

Imagine the plight of a person who has to shuffle through loads and loads of files every day. Nothing could make him/ her happier than concise notes, with clearly stated facts that make it easy to comprehend and remember the key points, and the context in which it is being said.

Brevity in writing

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A Quote by Tagore – Clouds come floating into my life

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A Quote by Tagore – Clouds come floating into my life

 By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Clouds come floating into my life, 

no longer to carry rain or usher storm,

but to add color to my sunset sky.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

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A Quote by Tagore – Echo and Original

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

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The echo mocks her origin

To prove she is the original.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

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If You Are a Quote Lover…

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

Dream Tagore

 

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you.

Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

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10 Inspiring Quotes on Purpose in Life

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

Purpose renders meaning to our existence; the meaning of purpose varies for each of us.

Our search for purpose 

In our lives, we all need something to look forward to, something that makes us feel more alive and vibrant.

So begins our search for purpose!

Purpose, is the elusive bird that often evades us, but when we find it, our purpose gives us a good reason to live for. Only for a few, the purpose comes clear early in life, while any many of us spend ages without knowing what our purpose is, and take life as it comes.

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10 Inspiring Quotes on Hope and Optimism

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

Hope inspires, Hope enthuses, Hope soothes, Hope seduces.
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Hope is an universal phenomenon

Life without hope is drab.

What keeps us going each day, is the belief that there is something good in store for us, or that the future holds something fancy in the form of luck, happiness, or whatever we wish for.

As we go on in the pursuit of our goals, hopeful thinking at each and every stage in life, both during the good and bad times, gives us the energy and enthusiasm to move on with zest to pursue our goals.

Here is a collection of 10 beautiful quotes on the significance of hope and optimism in our lives.

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