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, September 05, 2012

Is Toska = 'Zapurza' (झपुर्झा)?

Today I read here about word Toska.

Vladimir Nabokov, cited in A Field Guide to Melancholy by Jacky Bowring:

"Toska - noun /ˈtō-skə/ - Russian word roughly translated as sadness, melancholia, lugubriousness.

No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom."

Is there a single Marathi word for this?

Probably yes, Keshavsut (केशवसुत) invented word : Zapurza (झपुर्झा) from his poem of the same title:

"
हर्षखेद ते मावळते,
हास्य निवालें
अश्रु पळाले;
कण्टकशल्यें बोंथटलीं,
मखमालीची लव वठली;
कांही न दिसे दृष्टीला,
प्रकाश गेला,
तिमिर हरपला;
काय म्हणावें या स्थितिला ?-
झपूर्झा ! गडे झपूर्झा ! १

हर्षशोक हे ज्यां सगळें,
त्यां काय कळे ?
त्यां काय वळे ?
हंसतिल जरि ते आम्हांला,
भय न धरुं हें वदण्याला :-
व्यर्थीं अधिकची अर्थ वसे,
तो त्यांस दिसे,
ज्यां म्हणति पिसे,
त्या अर्थाचे बोल कसे?-
झपूर्झा ! गडे झपूर्झा ! २
..."

(मुंबई, २ जुलै १८९३)

(करमणूक, २९ जुलै १८९३, पृ. ३१६)

courtesy this excellent website dedicated to Keshavsut.