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."
Chris Ware: "Being a cartoonist means you don’t consider yourself too fancy."
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: "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."
Saturday, March 19, 2011
"...And so from the very start India was a place made up of land and people from somewhere else..."
[Chapter 2, 'Time and Space in India' from her book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History', 2009]
(notice the word: 'land' in the quote above)
The Times of India reported on December 10 2009 that Dr. Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis (द्वारकानाथ शांताराम कोटणीस) is in the list of China's top ten foreigners who made exceptional contributions to the country in the past 100 years.
What an honour!
Very few native Marathi speaking persons have been feted on such a scale on the global stage.
What about top ten foreigners, not necessarily friends or well-wishers, who have visited India since Alexander the great and shaped India's destiny for the better or the worse?
Here a foreigner means someone who was not borne or raised in the subcontinent.
Here is an attempt:
Alexander the great 356–323 BCE
Mahmud of Ghazni 971-1030
Vasco da Gama 1460/1469–1524
Ahmad Shah Durrani/Abdali 1722–1773
Robert Clive 1725–1774
William Jones 1746-1794
Thomas Babington Macaulay 1800–1859
The Lord Curzon of Kedleston 1859–1925
Mother Teresa 1910–1997
Artist: Mischa Richter, The New Yorker, 9 October 1965