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."

Will Self: “To attempt to write seriously is always, I feel, to fail – the disjunction between my beautifully sonorous, accurate and painfully affecting mental content, and the leaden, halting sentences on the page always seems a dreadful falling short. It is this failure – a ceaseless threnody keening through the writing mind – that dominates my working life, just as an overweening sense of not having loved with enough depth or recklessness or tenderness dominates my personal one.”

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, January 26, 2011

Five Best: Patriotic Songs

1. Muhammad Iqbal's "Saare Jahan Se Achcha" played by Indian military band

2. Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay's "Vande Mataram" sung by Lata Mangeshkar for film 'Anand Math'. (Music director: Hemant Kumar)

3. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's "Jayostute Shree Mahan Mangale" sung by Mangeshkar siblings

4. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's "Sagara Pran Talmalala" sung by Mangeshkar siblings

5. "O Mera Rang De Basanti Chola" from Shaheed (1965) Music Director: Prem Dhawan Singers: Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Rajendra Mehta

5. G D Madgulkar's "he rashtra devatanche, he rashtra preshitanche aa chandra-surya nando, swatrantra bhaaratache" (Singer : Rani Verma Music : C. Ramchandra Movie : Gharkul Year : 1970)

Artist: Alan Dunn, The New Yorker, 29 November 1941

p.s. The Internationale is a famous socialist, communist, social-democratic and anarchist anthem.