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."

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."

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."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I felt proud to be a Marathi speaking male

On March 9 2010, Ms. Najma Heptullah spoke in Rajya Sabha on the subject of Women's Reservation Bill.

She observed that world over women's movement was led by women but in India it was led by men.

Three- Phule, Ambedkar, Karve- of the four names she, a Muslim non-Marathi speaking woman, mentions were Marathi speaking males!

All three were borne when the British empire showed no signs of decline. And yet they showed no sign of inferiority using their native language to accomplish what they did.

Most Governors-General and Viceroys of India will be forgotten- if not already forgot- soon but this trinity will last in public memory for next many hundred years.

Their Marathi did not feel any threat from any other language or its speakers.

I take pride in speaking their language.