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!"

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."

Monday, January 24, 2011

मन भीमसेन रंगी रंगले

What does one say

when season changes,

another birthday comes and goes,

friend departs,

crow that perches on your balcony every day stops doing so without a warning,

neighbourhood friendly cat who trusted you enough to kitten in your house dies,

stray dog you see every day is without a leg one morning,

a booming (and yet soothing) voice that defined your world, however small and insignificant, is silenced...

Not for me, Dylan Thomas's "Rage, rage against the dying of the light".

Instead only the acceptance of, to paraphrase Sadanand Rege (सदानंद रेगे),

"आमचीही वही कोरी होत चाललीय...".

The only consolation:

"भीमसेन कसले मेले? भीमसेन गातचि बसले"