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."

Friday, December 14, 2012

Adventures of My Huck - Raj of Shree 420


Today December 14 2012 is 88th Birth Anniversary of Raj Kapoor.  

Mr. Kapoor was very special to our family. According to my father Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Raj Kapoor and my father's father could no wrong and didn't! (Please note there is no 'god' in that list.)

Facebook page informed on December 11 2012: 

"Today in 1884, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was first published in Britain and Canada. The American edition (deleting the word "The" from the title to become "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn") debuted in February of the following year..."

It was accompanied by this image:

When I first saw this picture, for a moment I thought Huck was holding a drum and not a hat. And it reminded me of my Huck: 

"Huck is an archetypal innocent, able to discover the "right" thing to do despite the prevailing theology and prejudiced mentality..." (Wikipedia)

Doesn't Raj  of 'Shree 420', 1955 try something similar?

Mr. Kapoor has been often compared to Charlie Chaplin - I don't agree with that characterization- but probably never to Huckleberry Finn,

For me, 'Shree 420' is an adveture of a small town educated simple guy coming to a major metropolis. He strays for a while but then returns to his original path of honesty and hardwork and love for all.  




Image Courtesy: Shemaroo