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 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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Feline Quotes

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

“God made the cat to give man the pleasure of stroking a tiger.”  ~ Joseph Mery

Sometime back, I had written a post on ‘Po’ – The Little Kitten. It happens so that the playful kitten Po, now grown up by a few months,  has landed up at my house, and is keeping me on my toes.  As we are adjusting to each other’s presence, most of my time now goes in watching its antics.

The kitten has peculiar habits with strange feline ways of communicating and emoting. There is a silent mystery about the creature as it disappears within the flash of a second and sneaks into the weirdest corners of the house, finding a new place to hide every day. At other times, it makes itself particularly endearing by playfully rolling on its back and rubbing its head on our feet and purring, on being petted.

It butts its head, suddenly comes running and bumps me, sits on my desk, does high five, stares continuously and then blinks, curls up and sulks when scolded.  Going by the saying that when a cat bumps you and rubs against you, they “claim” you by leaving a bit of their musk on you, ‘Po’ seemed to have claimed our house with the inmates.

Po Kitten

There are moments when Po exhibits bursts of intense dashing through the house for reasons best known to him. He plays the hunt and chase game with paper balls or soft toys and is very curious about everything that goes on inside the house. Yes, he also scratches furniture for territorial marking, and jumps out of the windows at the first opportunity but is extremely scared to go out of the door.

Most of our discussions at home these days are oddly centered around the cat.

While trying to dig out about the behavioral traits of cats, I came across several quotes on cats. I am listing here the ones that I found particularly interesting.

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6 Inspirational Quotes on Nation Building

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6 Inspirational Quotes on Nation Building

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Today as India celebrates its 67th Republic Day, the country honors the bravery of its martyrs and soldiers in the Republic Day Parade. For the first time in the history of  India’s Republic day Parade, a foreign (French) contingent has marched down Rajpath on this occasion. With the theme of women empowerment gaining traction, an all-women stunt contingent has performed during the event.

 

Here are  some quotes on Nation Building to capture the spirit of Republic Day. I was nominated  by Shweta M of BODHI  – an awesome spiritual blog interspersed with esoteric/ metaphysical concepts.

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A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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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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10 Inspiring Quotes by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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On 27th July, 2015, India’s former president Dr Kalam passed away after he collapsed on the stage during a lecture at IIM , Shillong, Meghalaya.

Born in a humble background on 15th of October, in the year 1931, in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu,  APJ Abdul Kalam joined Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist after studying Aerospace engineering at Madras Institute of Technology.  He came to be known as the ‘Missile Man of India‘, for his involvement in the development of ballistic missiles and served as the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and was appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of the DRDO.

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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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Break the Worry before it breaks you

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.  ~ Alain de Botton

We know that some people have a naturally strong mental built, and there are others who are inclined to worry more.

While each individual, in any capacity, needs to cope with anxiety, but the ability to overcome anxiety is absolutely essential for any leadership role. During prolonged  periods of uncertainty, leaders must manage their own anxiety as well as the anxiety of their team.

Anxiety may be due to various reasons ranging from environmental factors, to medical condition, to genetic conditions or substance abuse or due to a combination of these factors.

Each of us would have experienced those moments, when we felt our palpitation going up, a strange churning in the stomach, or sweat on the brow just before an important meeting, or an exam, or before getting a medical report, or on any other occasion.

Whatever be the reason for anxiety, it depletes a person of his/her strength.

  • Continued anxiety causes excessive worry.
  • You suffer from a victim mentality and believe that nothing ever works for you;
  • You are restless most of the time, feel irritable at the slightest provocation.
  • Your concentration suffers and sleep is disturbed and as a result you tire yourself out very easily.

Those with an anxious disposition, can blame it on their mental constitution, their genes, their fate or can work upon it.

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