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.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

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."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pune Bikers, Get Life Expectancy Dial Installed!

The Times of India front page headline on March 7, 2008:

“Death lurks on city roads. 418 killed in 2007. Fatalities high on highway stretches.”

Pune for sure is still not as bad as Kolkata of yesteryears or Bangaluru (Bangalore) of today. But it may get there.

These days I get most scared by 'wrong-side' traffic. Those who are driving on wrong side, drive at their usual speed and honk vigorously! When I give them semi-amused look, they look quizzed.

Meanwhile, here is a suggestion captured well in following picture...(I wonder how we calibrate those dials for Pune.)


Artist: Robert Thompson, The Spectator

4 comments:

Nikheel Shaligram said...

Dear Aniruddha,
Your today's blog on Pune's bikes is worth, but you mentioned about Kolkata. Hence as a Kolkatan, I would say a few words. For your info. Kolkata's roads are much more improved compared to Pune's gallya bol in recent years.I am originally from Pune's Shaligram family, but later settled in this Bongla bhoomi for the past 3 generations. Hence I have pride(and not slightest prejudice) towards both these cities. Pune, soon will going to be one of the mega cities and that needs reasonably sound roads. The cartoon attached with this blog is appropriate. Thanks.See you.
Nikheel Shaligram, Kolkata

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Nikheel,

Thanks.

I agree. I was talking about Cal which I saw when I lived there from 1991-1992.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay except the time when great man Satyajit Ray died. I did number of "arty" things there which I have not done since.

I have a theory.

Indian cities and India itself tend to get as anarchic as "that" Cal and then they bounce back. Pune of first half of 19th century was much worse-almost hopeless- though.

Therefore, one should never lose hope in India. wait for the bounce-back!

Vibhakar said...

Aniruddha & Nikheel,
Allow me to join this dialogue. Are roads in Mumbai better than Pune or Kolkata? It is the result of nexus between the road construction company and the approving authority. Our vehicles, how efficiently they are manufactured, have to face the music.
Vibhakar

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