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."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Are we paying any attention to the first Sun?

Gayatri Mantra for Sun:

"Om Asva dhvajaya vidmahe, pasa hastaya dhimahi, tanno Suryah prachodayat"

( अस्व ध्वजय विद्महे
पसा हस्तय धीमहि
तन्नो सूर्य प्रचोदयात)


They say: The Earth could soon have a second sun.

Unlike in CE 1054, India surely will notice and record the event.

But in general have we really learnt to pay attention?



Artist: Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin and Hobbes who often makes my day because The Asian Age publishes his syndicated cartoon strip.

In case captions in the picture above are not readable:

Calvin: That cloud of stars is our galaxy, the milky way. Our solar system is on the edge of it.

Calvin: We hurl through an incomprehensible darkness. In cosmic terms, we are subatomic particles in a grain of sand on an infinite beach.

Calvin:

Calvin: I wonder what's on TV now.