14 January 2018

2017 Retrospective



Posted January 14, 2018 by rajibroy in category "Musings

43 COMMENTS :

  1. Milind MehereBy Milind Mehere on

    Wow! You should write a book on productivity and time management. Next time we meet/talk I will take copious notes. Truly inspirational!!!

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  2. Timothy AndreaeBy Timothy Andreae on

    Rajib, you are an inspiration, I am exhausted just looking at this! Really enjoy your updates and your kind efforts to keep in touch with friends old and new!!

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  3. Ranajoy GanguliBy Ranajoy Ganguli on

    I also started writing letters by hand. No fancy pens. But I have started writing pretty long letters, often 10 pages of A4 size paper full of words. Trying to get a miniscule of past era. Doing this with friends that i used to write 25-30 years ago.

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    1. Rajib RoyBy Rajib Roy on

      I cannot write for 10 pages. Mine are one page long (sometimes more). But I do use calligraphy pens, fountain pens, monogrammed paper and the whole nine yards!! I am sure it gives you as much pleasure as it does to me. Best is when people in India get those letters (often ten days later}!!!

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    2. Rajib RoyBy Rajib Roy on

      I still write full page thank you letters to the host and hostess if I went for lunch or dinner at somebody’s place. If you remember, I started this practice in Dallas (Dec 2005 to be precise). I also write to folks in India once in a while. In fact, right now, I am getting prepared to write two letters to my nephews…

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    3. Ranajoy GanguliBy Ranajoy Ganguli on

      Rajib Roy my college friend kept asking me, often on international calls – “Tor chithi kobe ashbe?”…….2 weeks hoye gelo, 3 weeks hoye gelo, etc. Actually, there is something very physical about writing, enveloping, pasting a stamp and then counting the days. Something organic…..The same excitement is there at the receiver’s end……more so, if it is unexpected. Much as we have progressed in sending feelings and communications in minutes, seconds, and somedays maybe in milliseconds, we have lost a bit of emotion that had to trade with the motion….(like bangla e bole na : Biggyan onek beg dieche, kintu aabeg kere nieche”). Expectation levels have gone up. 100 years back what a “runner” did amid perilous night long journeys, is done in seconds today. Has the “value / weightage” of the information really waned over the years? Or the “cost to convey”, with the cost of logistical/human/hazard/time/relational (remember “ghore tar priya eka shojjay bineedro raat jaage”?) have plummetted and therefore we really dont feel the value of getting the little precious nuggets of information, amid the overdose of information. It is just another little kick to the synapses for a few seconds…..and then we scurry around for the next piece of information, and the next………

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    1. Rajib RoyBy Rajib Roy on

      I am ashamed to admit that most of them annual and some have monthly goals too! And every week Monday morning, I get up a little earlier to track the goals. Like I said, I am ashamed to admit to it 🙂

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  4. Indu GoduraBy Indu Godura on

    Rajib, your approach to life is amazing,delving into multifarious avenues and turning your experiences into interesting memoirs.Have made interesting reading.

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  5. Bharat NairBy Bharat Nair on

    Awesome accomplishments Rajib – all in one year! Inspirational. I have picked up a few pointers and created some goals for me in 2018. Let’s see if I can now follow through on them. Thanks for your inspirational posts mixed in with a lot of humor and [life] perspectives. Thank you.

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  6. Geeta DivekarBy Geeta Divekar on

    My 9th grade daughter and I just started collecting fountain pens and calligraphy pens. Post a 101 about adding to our collection and where do you get monogrammed paper from?

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    1. Rajib RoyBy Rajib Roy on

      Try going to the Dallas Pen Show (it is usually end of Sep at the Doubletree hotel in Galleria). You will see at least 3000+ fountain pens ranging from $30 to $10,000. If you go to India, let me know which city you will go to. I will see if I can find some shops there that carry vintage pens…

      For monogrammed paper, I get them done by Vistaprint. You can try out Zazzle too.

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