Faces in the Crowd #BookBytes 16

I have come to realise that one of the best places to look for book recommendations is my children’s English textbooks. They curate excerpts from some of most wonderful reads. I have been doing it for the longest time actually – since my own school days. I’d read an excerpt and find it so engrossing that I’d go looking for the book.

That’s how I chanced upon The Little Prince. I first met this book when I was a tween and I remember being rather unimpressed, probably because I couldn’t get much of the hidden meaning between its pages. When I recently stumbled upon an excerpt again in the twins’ text book, I simply reached out for my phone and ordered it.

Reading it now, as an adult, I find it loaded with profound wisdom. Before I get lost in more nostalgia (something that’s happening very often these days), let me get to the passage I’m sharing today:

“…. What does that mean — tame?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.” 
“To establish ties?” 
“Just that,” said the fox.
“To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….” 

– The Little Prince By Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We’re just random people in the crowd till we form ties and then we become special and unique for each other. Making friends and forming relationships is as much an act of choice as it is that of fate. The ‘fox’ goes on to add that one needs patience and effort and understanding to build a friendship.

Do you agree? Do you think one needs to make an effort to form a friendship or do relationships happen because they are ‘meant to happen’?


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19 Replies to “Faces in the Crowd #BookBytes 16”

  1. I think making friends is a bit of both . Very often I find my best friends happen only after we’ve both worked at it . And that too only when it was meant to happen. A friend I made late in life was someone who wove met innumerable times but neither of us bothered to make friends till she needed a fourth to learn Bridge. Since then we’ve become good friends

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    1. Right Sunita. I find that happening with school mates too. There are girls who were in the same school but we never became friends until we met again in college. There is certainly a lot of chance involved and of course then one has to work at it just like all relationships.


  2. Did i miss it again ? oh no.. NEed to keep a reminder on my mobile for 1st Ocotober.

    I love the fact that you are discovering interesting reading through your childrens books. I havent chanced upon Little Prince. But the thought that we are all random people and then we make connections with people by choice sounds interesting. I always believed that everything is a matter of fate. and we just bump into people by some play of the universe!!

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    1. Isn’t it interesting? How there are millions of people and we might never bump into them unless we do and then we form connections. Will give you a reminder the coming week.


  3. Oh yes, text books are wonderful source to find good titles. That’s how I found Arms and the Man. I was so impressed by the excerpt that I dug up my mom’s college books to find it.
    Love the excerpt you shared. Relationships takes time and patience and understanding… Which is why I guess friendships made in school and colleges last so much longer.

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  4. Kid’s book lists are such great places to get book recommendations!

    Oh and as far as your question goes, I think it’s a bit of both, and maybe depends on the stage and phase of life too.

    Because to be honest, it seemed like the friends I made during school & college were meant to be. And I say seemed like, because maybe that’s how it feels like now, after all these years.

    However, if I had to answer this question today, I feel friendships need to be nurtured. And maybe even during school & college we did nurture those friendships, without intentionally thinking about it that way, if you know what I mean.

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    1. Aren’t they just! I love the curation.
      It’s true about school friends. All of us seemed to find our own comfortable groups pretty easily. perhaps because we ended up spending a lot of time together and also we had common tormentors – teachers :-).
      Now, however, time is a precious commodity.


  5. What a delightful way to get books to read Tulika – I try to note down books mentioned in the books that I am reading to see if I would like them.

    The quote is so apt to describe what friendship means and why we need it in today’s times when more and more cases of Depression are popping up. We are becoming a very untamed lot with the social media affliction and our singular lifestyles. Definitely need to “tame” a few people in our lives to make it more meaningful and rich

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    1. That’s true Shalini. Relationships need time and thought and energy. I think you’re pretty good at all of that :-).


  6. Friendships and relationships can just happen, but it takes a lot of effort from both sides to sustain it. There is no other way that a relationship can thrive.

    I’ve never read ‘The Little Prince’ although I’ve always wanted to. Let me check if I can get a pdf of it.

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  7. That’s so profound and meaningful and absolutely true. Yes, we are destined to meet the people in our life. Like they say, we don t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our paths for a reason. And building relationships with them certainly needs work.
    I would like to pick up The Little Prince. Loved how you got re-introduced to this book. 🙂


  8. Beautiful! the quintessential ‘simple but profound’ quote 🙂
    I have grappled too long with the quesion of ‘choice’ vs ‘meant to be’ and have not come to a conclusion. But I did come here to look up the date for your next edition of bookbyte and ended up randomly clicking this link 🙂 I’m glad i did.. was meant to read this perhaps 😉

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