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."

Monday, May 26, 2014

Astrological signs, Lida Goodman and My Mother

I have never read Linda Goodman's (1925-1995) 'Sun Signs' (1968) or 'Love Signs' (1978).

Some of my (pretty) female work colleagues in Mumbai often quoted from it during 1984-1987. Especially, if I behaved like a jerk, they found its rationale in 'signs'. (Another famous miss is Ayn Rand. I never read a page from any of her books, unlike, again, those pretty girls.)

'Gemini'

Artist: Salvador Dali, Courtesy: Brainpickings.org

Until I turned 21, I did not even know there was something called Sun sign (mine Gemini) that is different from Moon sign (mine Taurus).


'Taurus'

Artist: Salvador Dali, Courtesy: Brainpickings.org

But my mother was a big believer in Moon signs and the concept of 'Sade-sati' (साडेसाती). She often traced my scratchy throat to my moon sign!

She thought my father's financial and occasional health struggles during our early childhood  were due to 'sade sati'. Whatever the truth, it was soothing to the ears because we knew they all were going to end because 'Sade sati' always ends!

Now that she is gone, I realize that I forgot to ask her when her own final 'sade sati' began and did it ever end?

2 comments:

mannab said...

I am also of this rashi, Mithun ( Gemini)! Have you heard or seen the great entertainment programme ,'Rashichakra' by Shri Sharad Upaadhye? He would his own ideas as far as this sign indicates.
Mangesh Nabar

Aniruddha G. Kulkarni said...

I am well aware of the program. My wife watches it once in a while. I spend a few minutes with her when she does.