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."

Saturday, March 09, 2013

If Tukaram Was Alive Today


WELCOME BACK
MISTER TUKARAM!
WE'VE MADE A LIST
OF 'MODERN'
THINGS FOR YOU
 TO DO

*GO TO M-TOWN (ask The Pune Times for the directions to reach there)

*USE TWITTER (or Facebook)

*BE A JUDGE ON 'SA RE GA MA PA' (or a dance contest featuring Marathi Bollywood hottie)

*WRITE FOR AN 8-PM-MARATHI TV SERIAL (or write a screenplay of blockbuster Marathi movie based in your times featuring the practice of sati or any such regressive social practice against which you might have railed all your life.)

*WRITE A COLUMN FOR A WEEKEND EDITION OF A MARATHI DAILY WITH A TITLE SUCH AS 'KAUTUKA' (कौतुक) [or write for  two-dozen 2013 'Diwali anks'. Sorry, you are too late to make it to 'Lalit' poetry special.]

CAN'T I WRITE
ABHANGS? I LIKE
WRITING ABHANGS...

WELL...
I SUPPOSE SO.
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO...


Read the above after soaking in this wonderful picture:

Artist: Tom Gauld, November 26 2012