Tuesday 16 April 2024

Elderly

Across the road

I see an elderly

Couple who can't

Drive, can barely

Walk, so morning,

Afternoon, evening,

Night, they keep

Themselves busy

By watching TV.


I feel really sorry for them.


And wonder, if one day,

I may be also like them,

Not being able to do much

Except recline and see TV.


© Aparna Chatterjee

Friday 5 April 2024

See

While logging into

Your PC, you look

Behind your back,

And then here, there

And everywhere to see

If anybody is peeping in

To see.


Even if nobody's

There, what you

Don't realise is that

You can never be

100% sure, as

There are those

Invisible ghosts

And spirits

Hovering around

You, that may be

Able to see what

You do on your PC

;-)



© Aparna Chatterjee

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Quotes

Dear Friends,

Continuing with my quotes collection that I’ve shared with you in my previous blogs, here are some more diverse views for you to peruse.


Love is understanding, authenticity and being able to be exactly who you are with no editing – and it’s a gift. -  Michelle Visage

Some people protect us with wings outstretched, not because it’s their duty to do so but just because they know that it’s the right thing to do. -  Anon

I never read anything about myself online. You never know what you might find, but I certainly wouldn’t find it funny. I believe in the old saying that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. -  Olivia Coleman

They’re all weak, all women. They’re stupid compared to men. They shouldn’t play chess, you know. They’re like beginners. They lose every single game against a man. -  Bobby Fischer (World Chess Champion)

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. -  Charles Lamb

We all talk a lot, but I don't think people actually listen anymore, sit and actually listen to one another. -  Amanda Lovett

An incapable person uses the crutches of excuses. A doer goes and does it. -  Aparna Chatterjee

Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't. -  Margaret Thatcher

I don't have any rules, because I would only be breaking them, so it's a waste of time. -  Iris Apfel

It takes years to build a reputation. It takes a minute to lose it. -  Aparna Chatterjee

I don’t lie. That’s why I get in trouble: I’m honest to a fault. -  Michelle Visage

One of the biggest and most consistent differences between men and women is that relative to men, women tend to be more interested in people over things. Overall, the differences may be modest, but at the extremes of the distribution, the differences can be extreme. To be among the best chess players in the world requires extreme devotion to "things" over people. Men are much more likely to have over-the-top obsession...and obsession about things and about winning. -  Dan Dalthorp (Statistician & Ecologist)

The more you crave, the more you are a slave. -  Aparna Chatterjee

Learn to appreciate clothing you see online in the same way you appreciate art – admiration doesn’t mean you need to buy it. And love the clothes you have: there are plenty of outfits you haven’t thought about yet among what you already own. -  Emma Hakansson

Close relationships, more than money or fame are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes. -  Liz Mineo

Do not take life too seriously, this is all a sham. -  Michelle Visage

There are many questions in life worth asking, but perhaps if we’re wise we can understand that not every question needs an answer. -  Rebecca Solnit

My attachment to “things” represented a phase in life spent acquiring material wealth. Loss made me realise nothing is more valuable than life. My husband’s possessions were remnants I could still touch, smell and hold. They offered comfort; I was reluctant to let them go for fear he would vanish entirely. But the process of grief has shown he resides in a limitless space within, and in a life that can be short, or long, stuff just weighs you down when you’re feeling nudged to venture forward. So, it’s also time for me to sell my home, hopefully to a family to fill its vacant rooms, and to start living lighter. -  Margaret McNally

Life is unpredictable and uncertain. Hence, timely action should be taken. -  Aparna Chatterjee

It’s just as possible for a woman to become the best as any guy. But there are so many difficulties and social boundaries for women generally in society. That is what blocks it. -  Judit Polg├ír (Hungarian Chess Grandmaster)

Always listen to your wife - that’s the key to a healthy life. -- 101-year-old George Court (when asked his secret to living a long and successful life)


We tear through the decades like it's some kind of race
With rarely a thought about just in case
Sometime around 50 things start to shift
With more life behind you, what's ahead is a gift
The face is more wrinkled and the body has aged
The ways of my youth have been captured and caged
With issue after issue popping out of the blue
I've come to accept not all my dreams will come true
The thrill of life's sin has faded with time
As the needs of my parents have now become mine.

- Daniel Salinger -

Monday 1 April 2024

Seeing

Seeing over

36 years of

Experience

On a person's

Professional

Profile, do you

Think about his

Expertise and

Experience, or

Is it overshadowed

By your thoughts of his

Advancing age?



© Aparna Chatterjee

Interfere

China says:

Don't interfere

We know best.


India says:

Don't interfere

We know best.


Russia says:

Don't interfere

We know best.


Iran says:

Don't interfere

We know best.


God says:

Even if you want to

You can't interfere

With what I do.

I know best.



© Aparna Chatterjee

Sunday 31 March 2024

Crazy

There's this

Friend of mine

Who's crazy

About sarees.


She has a

Huge stock

Of sarees.


She drapes

And models

Sarees.


She even

Sells sarees.


She's unlikely

To find a

Customer in

Me as I dislike

Wearing sarees.


I feel so much

At ease in my

Shorts, bermudas,

Leggings and

Pajamas, that I

Can't imagine

Myself wearing

Sarees.



© Aparna Chatterjee

Saturday 30 March 2024

Remain

Long after
People die,
Their words
And gestures
Remain with us,
As if what they said
And how they said -
Surrounds us like a
Perennial river that
Can never dry....