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."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Have Marathas been Generous Enough towards their Bhimthadi Ponies?

Sir F. W. Fitzwygram:

"It is impossible for a man of average sensibility to observe closely and to note the painful expression and the intelligence of these creatures … to witness their sufferings [and] the brutal treatment which they too often meet from ignorant and cruel men; it is impossible for him to see these things without sorrow, without endeavouring to alleviate their agony …"

('Horses and Stables', 1901)

Many Marathi speaking people feel proud about the military success of Marathas across the subcontinent in 18th century.

Many legends, heroes and myths are borne out of that pride.

A good part of that success was surely due to their mount- a pony aka Bhimthadi-Tatta(भीमथडी तट्टं).

"Maharashtra has Krishna, Nira, Ghodnadi, Bhima, Pravara, Godavari as main rivers. Out of these, more than Krishna, since the water from Bhima, Pravara, Nira, Ghodnadi, Godavari suited the horses better, horses brought up on their water were strong, smart, loyal..."

['Peshwekalin Maharashtra' (पेशवेकालीन महाराष्ट्र) by Vasudev Krushna Bhave (वासुदेव कृष्ण भावे), 1936]

("महाराष्ट्रात कृष्णा, निरा, घोडनदी, भिमा, प्रवरा, गोदावरी या प्रमुख नद्या होत. यांपैकी कृष्णानदीपेक्षांही भिमा, प्रवरा, निरा, घोडनदी, गोदावरी या नद्यांचे पाणी घोड्यांना चांगले मानवणारे असल्यामुळे त्या पाण्यावर पोसलेली घोडी बळकट, चलाख, इमानी व पाणीदार असत.")

I have read a few books describing that period but have never come across the praise for their horses as much as following.

Reviewing "Russia Against Napoleon" by Dominic Lieven that analyses one of the greatest military triumph in history, JENNIFER SIEGEL says:

"...Russia's triumph is also a story of logistics, supplies and, above all, the horse.

The country's leaders mobilized what Mr. Lieven calls "the sinews of Russian power": its vast population (although much smaller than the combined numbers at Napoleon's disposal); its outstanding and plentiful horse stock; its arms manufacturing; and even the sometimes unstable Russian economy.

Of these, it is the horse, and Russia's ability to mobilize its light cavalry to harass Napoleon's rearguard as it retreated across the great European plain, that receives the greatest attention in "Russia Against Napoleon." Coming in a close second to the horse in significance were the victuallers who managed to feed and supply more than a half-million troops during the two-year campaign..." (WSJ, APRIL 14, 2010)

6 comments:

Gautam Das said...

From: Gautam Das, New Delhi

You are right; Maharahstrians should be proud of their Maratha-period history, and of the Bhimthadi horses.

But interest in this is low in modern Pune, where I have lived 1958-61, 1981-84, and 2004-07 (including living in a village in Purandar Taluka, near Sasvad). I speak Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, and Marwari, am a ex-rider and a life-long horse-lover. I have ridden Maharashtrian 'deshi' ponies as a boy.

Gautam Das
Email: dasfamly@yahoo.co.in
Mob: 0 93122 93270

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Thanks Mr. Das.

Most of our popular history is "hero" centric. There are hardly ordinary people there let alone ponies.

Suneel123 said...

Thanks, for giving valuable data on Bhimthadee (bhimanadicha teer (shabdkosh P N johi Page 894) Tattoo. The word was used in 4Th Std History book in lesson on Shayistakhan. And therefore i tried to search meaning (in vain)The explanation that bhima Nadee's (and other rivers like Krishna, Nira, Ghodnadi )water being the cause for good breed does not seem that convincing. Any new data please. Suneel Karve (Email suneelkarve@gmail.com )

Suneel123 said...

Thanks, for giving valuable data on Bhimthadee (bhimanadicha teer (shabdkosh P N johi Page 894) Tattoo. The word was used in 4Th Std History book in lesson on Shayistakhan. And therefore i tried to search meaning (in vain)The explanation that bhima Nadee's (and other rivers like Krishna, Nira, Ghodnadi )water being the cause for good breed does not seem that convincing. Any new data please.

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Thanks Suneel Karve. I have no new data.

btw- I am convinced by water argument.

It was often said that even for human beings a particular water suited and some other did not.

Mohammad Merajuddin said...

Thanks for the valuable information. I am an ardent horse lover and I feel proud of our own breed. Since one is a horse lover, all breeds should hold equal respect, however, at the same time, without disrespecting others, we still can show love and affection to our own, right :)