G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

W H Auden: "But in my arms till break of day / Let the living creature lie. / Mortal, guilty, but to me/ The entirely beautiful."

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Art Spiegelman: "You know words in a way are hitting you on the left side of your brain, music and visual arts hit on the right side of the brain, so the idea is to pummel you, to send you from left brain to right brain and back until you're as unbalanced as I am."

विलास सारंग: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन व पेशवाईतील बखरीचे, अगणित ज्ञानक्षेत्रांचे, अशा वैविध्यपूर्ण ज्ञानावर लेखन- विशेषत: कवितालेखन- उभं राहत."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

It’s good to be Thackeray or Pawar!

The Times of India on 31st March 2007 reported:

"Vijay Tendulkar calls Bal Thackeray and Sharad Pawar Jekyll and Hyde personalities with a mix of the good and the bad."

Tendulkar indeed has mellowed down because earlier he had called Thackeray choicest names.

But his description of Thackeray and Pawar fit us all. By morning Dr. Jekyll, by evening Mr. Hyde. Or the other way round.

So we all are like Thackeray and Pawar. Only a whole lot poorer!

Therefore, to paraphrase Mel Brooks, I say:” It’s good to be Thackeray or Pawar.”!

Artist: Sidney Hoff, The New Yorker, 6 Feb 1960