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."

Friday, February 14, 2014

Lucknowi Lemmings: You First, You First...Canadian: After You, After You

Remembering Raj Kapoor's 'Bobby', 1973 today, Saint Valentine's Day 2014

Wikipedia informs:

"Lemmings are small rodents, usually found in or near the Arctic,..Lemmings became the subject of a popular misconception that they commit mass suicide when they migrate..."




Artist: Robert Leighton, The New Yorker, July 2013


The picture above reminded me a song from Bobby- "Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai"...it has following lines: 

"Dekho, Jis Tarha Luknow Ke Do Nawaabon Ki Gaadi
Pehle Aap, Pehle Aap, Pehle Aap
Pehle Aap Karte Nikal Gayi Thi
Us Tarha Hamaari Pehle Tum, Pehle Tum, Pehle Tum
Pehle Tum Mein Yeh Masti Bhari Ruth Na Chali Jaaye."

( Lyricist: Anand Bakshi)

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