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.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

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."

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Man Who Tried - G P Pradhan

I hardly knew the late Mr. Pradhan although I first heard his name during the Emergency. I once saw him at the book release function described here.

I have a couple of his books but nothing noteworthy about them.

However, I have always been impressed by his dedication to the causes he believed in. And his philanthropy- he gave away his only house.

He was one of the last of a generation that produced many men and women like him. For them selfishness and greed were sins.

2 comments:

mannab said...

I knew Shri.Ga.Pra.Pradhan Maastar as an able editor of Sadhana Weekly for the last 25-30 years. He wrote numerous articles regularly in Sadhana and elsewhere. His reviews of books were to the point and made me to buy some books.He followed a true path of socialism.He donated his own house to Sadhana and went to Hadapsar to stay with his friend.However his ill health forced him to stay in the hospital. We have lost a true Gandhian in our today's life.
Mangesh Nabar

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Thanks Mangesh for sharing.