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."

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)]