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.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

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."

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Indian Poor, Run! They May Pinch Your Kidney

Some things never go away. Subject of Illegal kidney transplants is one such.

The latest scam would scare anyone entering an operation theatre anywhere in India.

India Today February 1, 2008 reported:

“…In a country where one out of every three live in poverty, Kumar (the accused) and his ilk carved out a huge transplant industry…

…The organ shortage in the West has spawned a new demand-and-supply equation across the world. Given the potent mixture of the desperation of rich patients in the West, the failure of the law in India, the willing collusion of medical professionals, the availability of helpless individuals from deprived sections of society and the incompetence of monitoring agencies, there are doubts about whether Ramadoss’ (federal minister) new initiatives will work. But it’s better than doing nothing and allowing the likes of Kumar to flourish.”


Artist: R K Laxman Times of India 9 February 2008