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, October 29, 2014

Wishing Ms. Divija Fadnavis Interesting Places to Play at Varsha

John F Kennedy has been the most popular US president in India by some distance. I have already written about it.


courtesy: Frontline magazine

"Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with U.S. President John F. Kennedy in the White House garden during his visit to the U.S. in 1962"

Apart from millions of other places, in late 1960's and 1970's, the picture above hung in a corner restaurant 'Bharat Bhuvan' (भारत भुवन) in our neighbourhood at Miraj


JFK became the president of US at the age of 43. Devendra G Fadnavis is going to be the chief minister of India's most important state Maharashtra at the age of 44.

Mr. Fadnavis and his wife have a young daughter: Divija, aged 5

This reminded me of the famous following picture.


Photo courtesy: AP and Daily Mail UK

"John F. Kennedy works in the Oval Office while his son John Jr. plays under the desk - the last time the White House was home to young children."

Here is wishing Ms. Divija Fadnavis interesting places to play at Varsha, official residence of the chief minister of Maharashtra.

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