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."

Friday, May 07, 2010

How My Son and I Predicted Greek Crisis!

In 2009, my son and I were watching Travel and Living channel.

It was a Samantha Brown hosted program where she had taken us to a Greek coastal town.

It all looked great until she mentioned hotel tariffs in Euros €.

It was an ugly figure when converted into INR.

My son and I immediately looked at each other and started laughing. The reason being who would go to that 'stupid' place when one could go to Goa or any number of Indian beaches, in winter, for fraction of that cost.

The joke sadly has turned out to be on Greece.

When Greek beaches become affordable to touring Indians, I will conclude that they are out of the financial mess.

p.s. On May 7 1945, exactly 65 years ago, Germany signed the first instrument of surrender in WWII.

Today it is back at the helm of Europe. The whole of Europe, indeed the world, is looking towards it to rescue Greece.

History is cyclical!

Did I Ask for My Soul Back?

Phil Hogan: Everything about modern life conditions you for a life of unhappiness, broken dreams and thwarted ambition.

I celebrated 10th anniversary of my leaving a big MNC on April 30 2010.

In last ten years- although occasionally I did miss companionship of a few ex-colleagues- I have seldom regretted my decision.

I just had to move on.

When I left, I collected PF, superannuation, gratuity etc.

But did I collect probably the most important thing?

The New Yorker, April 2010