Saturday 20 April 2024

Now

Now is the time

To go, if not now,

When do I go?


At this age,

Time passes

Very slow,

And to every

Yes, life says

No.



(Themed on Dotage)



Thursday 18 April 2024

Some More Quotes

See which of these gets your votes :-)

But before you start scrolling and reading, here's a nice view I would like to share with you.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GLYLyjtWYAAh4R_?format=jpg&name=large

Its source is DXB Media Office.

And now here are the Quotes:


If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. -  Mother Teresa

We are all different people. It is up to us to make that difference work, otherwise everything fails. -  John Tinniswood

I think the biggest political force on the planet today is ‘threatened patriarchy’. This has intrigued me for a long time. In cinema, we are seeing the rise of some tropes: the worship of the dictatorial father figure, the omnipotent superhero or the extremely rich and violent man who will save society and the common man. All of these things are happening because men are vulnerable and threatened and are using the levers of power to push back. We are living amidst the last scream of the scared male. -  Dibakar Banerjee

Because they have been enjoying unquestioned privileges for the last 6000 to 7000 years. All the organized religions in the world have catered to them. Now, after the labour movement and the feminist movement, it’s time for the feudal male to feel afraid. Their thousand-year-old habits are being questioned by centuries-old movements. It’s new for them. -  Dibakar Banerjee

If you’re in a relationship, I strongly recommend that you LIVE TOGETHER before getting married! This is the same advice I’ve always given my sons, both of whom have had, or are in, a live-in relationship. It just seems logical to me that before two people get their families and the government involved in their equation, they first put their relationship to the ultimate test. -  Zeenat Aman

I always feel that if I say certain things, I might go to jail, or I will be fined, or my film will get stuck at the censors, or somebody will set fire to my house, or will shoot me, or will file a case against me. -  Dibakar Banerjee

You absolutely HAVE to become ok with not being liked. No matter how loving or kind you are, you will never people please your way into collective acceptance. You could be a whole ray of sunshine and people will hate you cuz they’re used to rain. Be ok with shining regardless. -  Karan Johar

It’s easy to be the best version of yourself for a few hours a day. But can you share a bathroom? Weather the storm of a bad mood? Agree on what to eat for dinner every night? Keep the fire alive in the bedroom? Work through the million tiny conflicts that inevitably arise between two people in close proximity? In short - are you actually compatible? -  Zeenat Aman

I’m aware that Indian society is a little uptight about “living in sin” but then again, society is uptight about so many things! Log kya kahenge? (What will people say?) -  Zeenat Aman

If girls adopt the live-in culture, marriage as an institution will become obsolete. Tell me honestly, would you marry your son to a girl whom you know to have been in a live-in relationship? -  Mumtaz Madhvani

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I’ve never been one to comment on others' personal lives or tear down my colleagues, and I’m not going to start now. -  Zeenat Aman

What is the need to tie yourself down in this day and age? Why marry? For children? Arrey, go out there, find the man who appeals to you, and get his baby without physical intimacy. -  Mumtaz Madhvani

I don’t read anything written about me. That’s one of my coping mechanisms. -  Mariah Carey

Having a tool like social media does two things. Firstly, it makes you perform all the time. You become an actor in your own life. The second thing is, you start escaping your real life and keep running towards your virtual life because that gives instant gratification. I have seen videos of influencers waking up in the morning, brushing their teeth and getting ready. Their lives are just narratives, being dished out for their audiences to consume. -  Dibakar Banerjee

Some tortures are physical and some are mental. But the one that is both is dental. -  Ogden Nash

Parkinson's may not kill you but it will make you wish you hadn't been born. -  Jeremy Paxman

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. -  Benjamin Disraeli

The vigor of the soul is sophrosyne, the light of a soul free of disturbing passions. -  Demophilus

Sophrosyne controls our penchant for concupiscence. -  Plato


Hope is the only good god remaining among mankind;
The others have left and gone to Olympus.
Trust, a mighty god has gone, Sophrosyne has gone from men;
And the Graces, my friend, have abandoned the earth.
— Theognis of Megara (6th-century BCE)

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