मेघदूत: "नीचैर्गच्छत्युपरि च दशा चक्रनेमिक्रमेण"

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.”

Albert Einstein: “I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.” (To P. Moos, March 30, 1950. Einstein Archives 60-587)

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, February 25, 2010

Shriram Lagoo, 'Mughal period' was NEVER as bad as 'Bajirao-II period'

Woody Allen:

"As a filmmaker, I'm not interested in 9/11 - it's too small, history overwhelms it. The history of the world is like: He kills me, I kill him, only with different cosmetics and different castings. So in 2001, some fanatics killed some Americans, and now some Americans are killing some Iraqis. And in my childhood, some Nazis killed Jews. And now, some Jewish people and some Palestinians are killing each other. Political questions, if you go back thousands of years, are ephemeral - not important. History is the same thing over and over again”

The Times of India spoke to Shriram Lagoo about Pune German Bakery blast on Feb 18 2010.

Mr. Lagoo said:"...It is the worse than the 'Mughal period' now...".

In Marathi 'Mughal period' translates as मोगलाई 'moglai'.

I wonder if Dr. Lagoo has read M V Dhond's (म वा धोंड) "Marhati Lavani" (मर्हाटी लावणी) or Vasudevshastri Khare's (वासुदेवशास्त्री खरे) books: multi-volume "aitihaasik lekhasangrah" (ऐतिहासिक लेखसंग्रह) or "nana phadanvees yanche charitra" (नाना फडनवीस यांचे चरित्र).

If he had, he would say: It may be as bad 'Mughal period' but it is CERTAINLY not as bad as 'Bajirao-II period'.

Bajirao-II period should be the benchmark for a low in social and political life of Pune.

When I read Khare's books, it's hard to believe that it all happened in this city not too long ago. No wonder Jyotirao Phule (ज्योतीराव फुले) preferred British over Brahmins.

At least today we don't pay "Santosh Patti" (pleasure tax)because Congress-NCP are in power!

(Peshwa Bajirao-II infamous for his life dedicated to debauchery imposed a tax called "Santosh Patti" on Pune after his accession under the presumption that people were happy to have him as their king!)