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."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

आप्पलपोट्या राक्षसाची गोष्ट... Gopal Dutt Kulkarni's The Selfish Giant

 Today June 18 2014 is 78th Birthday of my father Gopal Dutt Kulkarni (गोपालदत्त कुलकर्णी)

 “And the child smiled on the Giant, and said to him, 'You let me play once in your garden, to-day you shall come with me to my garden, which is Paradise.” 

― Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Giant, May 1888




Simon Sebag Montefiore, ‘Titans of History’, 2012:
“...The Picture of Dorian Gray, the novel Wilde published in 1889, pushed the limits of respectability with its themes of decay, cruelty and illicit love, causing Wilde’s wife, Constance, to remark that “since Oscar wrote that book no one invites us anywhere anymore.” Yet it is a timelessly sensitive and affecting evocation of our fears of death and aging. Even his fairy tales, The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant, do not shy away from the unpalatable reality of cruelty going unpunished and heroism unrewarded...”

My father translated a bunch of Oscar Wilde stories for kids. They form his book "डाळिंबाचे दाणे "(Dalimbache Dane). It is dedictaed to us- his children. I simply adored the book and read it dozens of times.


The first story in the collection is "The Selfish Giant". He called it  'Appalpotya Rakshasachi Gosht' (आप्पलपोट्या राक्षसाची गोष्ट).

It made me cry every time I read it. My father had poured his heart into it.



 courtesy: Facebook page on Oscar Wilde


'The Selfish Giant' Illustration for the first edition, May 1988 by  Artist: Walter Crane (1845–1915)


Artist: Jobr, FB page of Oscar Wilde

3 comments:

mannab said...

आपल्या ती. वडिलांना माझे शतशः प्रणाम. त्यांची " आप्पलपोट्या राक्षसाची गोष्ट " आपण आपल्या अनुदिनीमधून प्रसिद्ध करावी. म्हणजे आम्हालाही ती वाचता येईल.
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Aniruddha G. Kulkarni said...

Thanks Mangesh for your sentiments.

I will try to scan and post it some day.

best,

mannab said...

स्कॅन करण्यापेक्षा ही एक कथा टंकलेखन करूनसुद्धा पुनःप्रकाशित करता येईल.
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