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."

Will Self: “To attempt to write seriously is always, I feel, to fail – the disjunction between my beautifully sonorous, accurate and painfully affecting mental content, and the leaden, halting sentences on the page always seems a dreadful falling short. It is this failure – a ceaseless threnody keening through the writing mind – that dominates my working life, just as an overweening sense of not having loved with enough depth or recklessness or tenderness dominates my personal one.”

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."

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Deer Hunters Complain About Packaging; Deer about Slaughter

When I was at IIT, Madras, deer on its campus outnumbered cats and dogs there. 1982-83 was a drought year in Madras. Deer seemed to be suffering a lot. They used to eat anything organic they came across, like Surf cartons!

But I never heard them appearing on dinner plates. I understand it changed in later years.

I am not a vegetarian. In fact, I have tasted even (legal) venison in Arunachal Pradesh at a lunch thrown by a tribal chief, but I still balked when I read this:

“EVERY year, 15 million licensed hunters head into America’s forests and fields in search of wild game.

In New York State alone, roughly half a million hunters harvest around 190,000 deer in the fall deer hunting season — that’s close to eight million pounds of venison…”:

STEVEN RINELLA, NYT December 14, 2007

Rest of the article is justification of this slaughter across USA.

I once told my WASP American colleague: You have to kill something at every mealtime.

He laughed.



‘Ugh! There’s so much packaging!’


The Spectator October 27, 2007