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, October 24, 2014

The Most Fantastic Monster I Have Seen

Today October 24 2014 is 146th Birth Anniversary of the former ruler of princely state of Aundh: Bhawanrao Shriniwasrao Pant Pratinidhi (भवानराव श्रीनिवासराव पंत प्रतिनिधी) 1868-1951

Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, January 3 2014: 

Monsters are made to warn, to threaten, and to instruct, but they are by no means always monstrous in the negative sense of the term; they have always had a seductive side. With the weakening of belief in their supernatural origins, their appeal—their animal magnetism—shows every sign of growing stronger. ”

Boria Sax says:

"The most fantastic monster in all of Western history just might be the demon in the center of Hell, from Hieronymus Bosch's triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights," painted around the start of the sixteenth century..."

(The Huffington Post, January 2 2014)


Artist: Hieronymus Bosch (c –1516)


But for me, it is a figure of demon Kabandha from epic Ramayana...I still remember how grotesque, fearsome but seductive in some ways it looked when I first looked at its following depiction as a kid




 Artist: Bhavanrao Shrinivas alias Balasaheb Pandit Pant Pratinidhi (भवानराव श्रीनिवास उर्फ बाळासाहेब पंडित पंत प्रतिनिधी)

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