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."
Saturday, August 15, 2009
“…Habits stretching back to imperial times influence the behaviour of the nine men in dark suits with uniformly full heads of black hair who make up the ruling standing committee of the politburo…”
Men...Dark Suits...Full Heads of Black hair
India doesn’t have “the ruling standing committee of the politburo”.
Therefore, I decided to analyse the status of the top nine Indian political figures on gender, attire and head-hair.
Here is the result:
Name, Gender, Attire, Hair
Sonia Gandhi – female, saree or salwar-kameez, strands of grey hair
Rahul Gandhi- male, kurta-pyjama, full head of black hair
Manmohan Singh- male, kurta-pyjama, balding grey hair
Lal Krishna Advani-male, dhoti-kurta, balding grey hair
Mulayam Singh-male, dhoti-kurta, grey hair
Mamata Banerjee –female, saree, full head of black hair
Narendra Modi- male, kurta-pyjama-saffron shawl, grey hair
Mayawati – female, salwar-kameez, full head of black hair
Nitish Kumar –male, kurta-pyjama, grey hair
I take India's diversity any day.