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."

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ich bin ein Bihari...मैं बिहारी हूँ


"हें विश्वचि माझें घर"

(ज्ञानेश्वरी, अध्याय १२, भक्तियोग)


"This world is my dwelling"

(Dnyaneshwari, Chapter 12, Bhaktiyog)]

Rabindranath Tagore:

"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high/...Where the world has not been broken up into fragments/ By narrow domestic walls ... Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way/ Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit."

अरुण कोलटकर:

"मास्तर मास्तर बघा कसा
हिसडे मारतोय भिंतीवरती
भारताचा नकाशा
गेला उडत खिडकीबाहेर
ड़ोंगरांसकट नद्यांसकट खुंटीसकट
गेला सरळ आकाशात

('काय डेंजर वारा सुटलाय', "अरुण कोलटकरच्या कविता", १९७७)

('Kay denjar vara sutalay", "Arun Kolatkaranchya kavita", 1977)

U.S. President John F. Kennedy on June 26, 1963 in West Berlin:

"Ich bin ein Berliner"

Ich bin ein Pune-er

Ich bin ein Karad-er

Ich bin ein Miraj-er

Ich bin ein Madras-er

Ich bin ein Bombay-er

Ich bin ein Thane-er

Ich bin ein Vashi-er

Ich bin ein Nashik-er

Ich bin ein Doom Dooma-er

Ich bin ein Calcutta-er

Ich bin ein Bangalore-er

Ich bin ein Bihari

And I announce it NOT in the name of Gautama Buddha, Ashoka, Jayaprakash Narayan and Madhu Limaye (मधु लिमये) but for the poor Bihari who is probably working in our society as I write this.

Two 'Bihari's': Balraj Sahni and Ratan Kumar in Bimal Roy's 'Do Bigha Zamin', 1953
courtesy: Shemaroo