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, May 18, 2013

Can We Buy Min-suk Kim aka Kwang33 for IPL?...मनोज्ञ मुद्रा शिल्पित एक

They say billions are now riding the game of cricket, more specifically IPL. But the old cliche still holds: money can't buy every thing. 

Sure, you can buy no-balls, dropped catches, sixes, wide-balls, long hops, over-throws but can't 'buy' Korean illustrator Min-suk Kim, better known as Kwang33, who has been contributing to basketball publications for the past nine years.

Look at the following picture to realise what cricket is missing...



Michael Jordan in full flow

Artist: Min-suk Kim

Picture courtesy: Guardian, UK


Watching the picture is like reading the following Marathi poem of B S Mardhekar (बा सी मर्ढेकर):

"दणकट दंडस्नायू जैसे 
लोखंडाचे वळले नाग;
कभिन्न काळ्या मांड्या जैसा
पोलादाचा चिरला साग,

...

.यंत्रयुगांतिल नवनृत्याचा
स्थाणुभाव हा प्रगटे येथे
मनोज्ञ मुद्रा शिल्पित एक
संगमरवरी मांसामध्ये,

-अहा, कोळसेवाला काळा !
नव्या मनूतिल गिरिधर-पुतळा !!"

[poem no 46, "कांही कविता" ("kahi kavita") from "मर्ढेकरांची कविता" ("Mardhekaranchi Kavita"), 1959-1977; courtesy: राघव बाळ मर्ढेकर (Raghav Bal Mardhekar)]