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.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

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."

Friday, November 01, 2013

How Would a Stegosaurus Cope With Diwali's Noisy Crackers?

Michael Ruse, June 2013:
"...In the cool of the morning, as the sun came up, they (the plates) helped the animal to heat up quickly. In the middle of the day, especially when the vegetation consumed by the Stegosaurus was fermenting away in its belly, the plates would have helped to catch the wind and get rid of excess heat. A superb adaptation. (Sadly for me, no longer a favoured explanation, since latest investigations suggest that the plates may have been a way for individuals to recognise each other as members of the same species). 

 So what’s a Stegosaur for? We can ask what adaptive function the plates on its back served, as good Darwinian scientists. But the beast itself? It’s not for anything, it just is — in all its decorative, mysterious, plant-munching glory."

As I was returning home on November 1 2013 around 9 AM, near our compound wall, I saw the Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant (in Marathi 'Bhardwaj' भारद्वाज) whose sighting is considered auspicious, squirrels, the Common Myna's (In Marathi, salunki साळुंकी), sparrows...I stopped and kept looking in different directions...all moving so gracefully, keeping a watchful eye on a dangerous Homo sapiens like me but giving him a damn in the end!

I said come November 2nd morning of Narak Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी), their world would be shattered for next three-four days. They have no idea what is going to hit them tomorrow morning.

Man will know their feeling only when the next real big asteroid will hit the earth.



Artist: Rakesh C.S.


Courtesy: Amar Chitra Katha Studio and its FB page

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