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!"

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."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Battle of Black Hair: China 9, India 3!

Jonathan Fenby says in his article “China’s empire must end reliance on one man” (FT July 12, 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

So boring.

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.