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 14, 2013

उंच माथ्यावरी चढून कधीतरी बकरी पाला खाते...And then Happens a Rescue Mission!

Loksatta (लोकसत्ता) dated April 14, 2013 quotes a part of B S Mardhekar (बा सी मर्ढेकर) poem on its first page in the story: "अजुनी बकरी पाला खाते.."
 
Initially I was so happy to see Mardhekar quoted on the first page that reads: "अजुनी फुलांना गंध येतो,
अजुनी बकरी पाला खाते..". But then disappointment set in.

First of all,  it‘s not quoted correctly. 

It should read:

"अजून येतो वास फुलांना
---
अजून बकरी पाला खाते."

The full stanza reads:

"अजून येतो वास फुलांना
अजून माती लाल चमकते;
खुरट्या बुंध्यावरी चढून 
अजून बकरी पाला खाते."

A leading Marathi newspaper quoting  an important Marathi poet in a sloppy manner...will Guardian or The New York Times quote YeatsAuden or Eliot like this?.

Secondly, I don't know how the contributor thought of this poem,  describing a thrilling rescue operation of goats from  great heights, because 'Mardhekar's goat' is grazing on shortish  heights (खुरट्या बुंध्यावरी)!

Finally, for me,  Mardhekar’s poem does quite fit there because his poem is a cry against Korean war that was fought between 1950-1953. Read little more about the poem on this blog here.



courtesy: Loksatta April 14 2013 and unknown photo artist(s)

With apologies to the late poet:

"अजून येतो वास फुलांना
अजून माती लाल चमकते;
उंच माथ्यावरी चढून 
कधीतरी बकरी पाला खाते..." 

and then happens a rescue mission!