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."

Friday, June 27, 2008

Whose Nice Decade/Century/Millennium was it Anyway?

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has declared the “nice decade” to be over.

Tim Bond argues in FT May 19, 2008 that we are now in the ‘nasty decade’ and life won’t be easy there.

For vast majority of Indians, could any period in India's history be called "nice"?

Social scientist V K Rajwade’s (विश्वनाथ काशीनाथ राजवाडे 1863-1926) following extract from his essay महाराष्ट्र व उत्तरकोंकणची वसाहत (The colony of Maharashtra and North Konkan) is interesting.


click on the scanned pages above to get a larger view

(source: राजवाडे लेख्संग्रह Rajwade Collected Essays, संपादक: तर्कतीर्थ लक्ष्मणशास्त्री जोशी editor: Tarkateerth Lakshman-shastri Joshi, Sahitya Akademi, 1958)