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."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Simona Halep or Hans Rudi Erdt's Lady Tennis Player?

US Open (Tennis)- the only Grand Slam tournament that has been played every year since its inception in 1881- started last night, Monday August 25 2014

 I like watching tennis on TV occasionally. Some matches are just breathtaking (for instance 'The 2008 Wimbledon Men's Singles final') and they just take you in.

Before I graduated- unlike cricket, kabaddi, kho kho, wrestling, athletics, hockey, football, table tennis, badminton, chess, carrom etc.- I must have seen live tennis only a couple of times. 

Therefore, as I have mentioned on this blog earlier, I used to wonder, during my middle-school days, why tennis was covered so much- much more than some of the sports mentioned above- in Marathi newspapers when so few Indians play it or have ever played it. Premjit Lall and Joydeep Mukherjee were household names for those who read sports page of Maharashtra Times (महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स).

The answer probably is: Tennis is like Hindi films. 

Do you act in Hindi films? No, but you watch them. You write about them. You talk about them. Similarly, you don't play tennis, you watch it.  You read it. You talk about it.

Some of the female tennis players are good looking, almost like Hollywood actors.

   Simona Halep in action in US Open 2013

 

Artist: Hans Rudi Erdt (1883-1918) printed in Berlin, 1908. Advertises a tennis competition 

courtesy: Slate’s history blog The Vault

By the way: Who do you find more attractive? Ms. Halep or fully clothed lady of Mr. Erdt?

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