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."

Monday, April 20, 2009

RTO Pune Collaborates in Great Voodoo Experiment

The Times of India reported on April 8, 2009:

“PUNE: City police commissioner Satyapal Singh on Tuesday lambasted the Regional Transport Office (RTO) over its process of issuing driving licences, saying the organisation was doling out "licences to kill".

Speaking to mediapersons at a press conference here, Singh said, "The RTO issues driving licences. But these are not driving licences, they are licences to kill. About 80 per cent of these licences are issued through agents. Due to this, the rate of fatal accidents is high in the city."

Singh alleged that over 12,000 autorickshaws and about 550 private luxury buses in the city were plying without proper permits. "The police cannot take action against these operators. That power lies with the RTO," he said.

Singh said that barely 150 of the 700 private buses in the city had permits. "The others ply on temporary permits, which is not permitted. Some 12,000 autorickshaws in the city are plying without permits. These rickshaws should be scrapped," he advised…”

Artist: Drew Dernavich, The New Yorker, April 20 2009, Cartoon Caption Contest #189

My caption:

“...Voodoo is that easy. Now you do it, lying down to begin with. In this experiment, you represent the spirit of Pune. For every pin you stick in yourself, Regional Transport Office, Pune will issue one licence."