Over time you observe, analyse and then choose to switch on the ‘extrovert mode’.

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It may seem like talking to people is like a cakewalk for us extroverts. You may feel that getting that conversation going may not seem that difficult for us. You may also think that being an extrovert must be exhausting. Yes, you are right, it is. But there is another truth to being an extrovert. The fact is that we don’t want to be an extrovert all the time.

That’s why we have the ‘ambivert’. Oxford dictionary defines ambivert as –

A person who has a balance of extrovert and introvert features in their personality.

To think about it, most…


Just because it happened in the past doesn’t mean it can’t be rectified in the present.

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“Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.”

— John Betjeman

I often wonder why I get so anxious at times. I am sure many of us do, but I keep questioning myself. Maybe it’s a childhood thing, I thought, and so I revisited my childhood pictures.

I remembered the time when my mother single-handedly raised my brother and me. My dad would be away working tirelessly to provide for his family. My mother stood like a pillar to ensure we did well in school, focus on our dreams and never…


Just because someone says something awful about you, doesn’t mean it’s true.

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

— Steve Jobs

Growing up, I went to an all-girls convent school. So moral science classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings were compulsory. Back then, sitting on the last bench, none of the values made sense because I never understood how they would help in the…


We spent so little time with you, and yet we learnt so much from you.

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Dear Sirius,

Life is just like the waves of the sea. Sometimes high during good times and occasionally low during devastating times. Humans have a tirade of emotions, and these emotions result from our thoughts.

When you explained to Harry that bad things happen to good people but what defines us is what we choose, I realised that good people could have evil thoughts.

But that doesn’t make us wrong. That is just a natural response to our circumstances. What differentiates us from the bad is what we ultimately choose to believe and our resulting actions.

No Matter How Difficult It Gets — Always Stand for What Is Right

Despite being locked up…


Sometimes it’s hard telling the truth.

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“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”

— Elvis Presley

I am sure we have all been in this dilemma where we think to ourselves, ‘should I tell them that your actions hurt. If you don’t stop them or do something about it, I am going to scream’. But then we hold ourselves back when we visualise saying those words out loud and even worse when we feel guilty about how that person will feel.

But guilt can be tricky, and so can the act of doing good.

Being…


It all began with sweaty palms.

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“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead”.

— Mary Pierce

I am a very anxious person by nature. So much that I used to and still somewhat have an issue with sweaty palms. This is not just when your palms sweat when you’re anxious. It was as excessive as when I wrote my exam paper in school; I had to carry a handkerchief in fear that my writing shouldn’t get wet.

Over time I realized that I need to get myself together. To deal with anxiety means…


Not all men are bad.

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“Nothing is so healing as the human touch”.

— Bobby Fischer

My entire childhood was spent around boys. This is because I have an elder brother who is five years older than me. Naturally, I was bullied by him, and he treated me like a toy. I was dragged into playing cricket and football even though I wouldn’t say I liked it at times.

Sometimes I was the only female on the field, and boys surrounded me. My brother was my protective shield, so no one dared to mess with me. …


You have the power to heal.

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Dear Mumbai rains,

“What better way to enjoy rains than lazing around in your house and admiring nature”.

— Varun Sharma

You know how Mumbai can be so challenging to live in. The daily grind, along with the heat, is exhausting. While working in glass buildings, the stress levels are at an all-time high, and then when June arrives, we all can breathe a sigh of relief.

Watching you pour feels as if we can let go of our deepest pains. While getting wet in your shower, we can cry and feel our pain drifting away. Don’t get me wrong…


Not all that glitters is gold.

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“Comparison is an act of violence against the self”.

— Iyanla Vanzant

Comparison — a word that leaves no room for growth. It creates a fog over all that we have achieved so far and the progress we have made. Everything goes blurry when we see someone else reaching the finish line before us or worse, if someone prefers not yours but else’s company.

If you have been to a beach and tried grabbing the sand with your fist, the tighter you hold, the more it slips away. …


It’s essential to break the rules sometimes and have some fun.

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“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.

I am often asked the meaning of my name. So, here it goes: ‘Su’ — means good and ‘Jona’ — means woman. I guess I am a good woman because I never troubled my parents while growing up (that’s what my parents say), never gave them sleepless nights, unlike my elder brother and always followed the rules.

I didn’t mind being good. Being good meant that I caused no trouble to anyone. That no one is hurt because of my deeds.

Until life happens and you step into the real…

Sujona Chatterjee

Living life the only way I know how — one day at a time. email:sujona92c@gmail.com

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