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."

Friday, November 02, 2007

What If the World Transformed According to Your Metaphors...

G A Kulkarni जी ए कुलकर्णी wrote short stories, only in Marathi. I like a few of them.

One of them is यात्रिक (Pilgrim) included in the collection पिंगळावेळ (Pinglavel)(Popular Prakashan 1977). It's an allegory of Cervantes's Don Quixote.

In the story, the fool tells Don: "...hey, instead of creating changing metaphors on stupid, gross world, if the world changed according to your metaphors what more you want."

"अरे, निर्बुद्ध, जड़ जगाविषयी बदलती रुपके करत राहण्यापेक्षा तुझ्या रुपकांप्रमाणे जर जग बदलत जाऊ लागले तर तुला तरी जास्त काय हवे सांग."

Many dreams and metaphors may sound crazy but they have the power to transform the world.
Margaret Mead has said: "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have".

Loveable Calvin is as quixotic as you get and maybe, just maybe, the slide will transform accordingly.

(click on the picture to get a larger view)

Artist: Bill Waterson Calvin and Hobbes