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."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

वसंत वृक्ष...The Tree of Lalit

The following is the 50th cover designed and created by Vasant Sarwate ( वसंत सरवटे) for Marathi magazine Lalit (ललित).

(Magazine is priced Rs. 100.) 

Third row from the bottom, two covers on the left,  belong to Diwali   2007 and 2009 about which I have already written in the respective years.

The one on the bottom left is dated Diwali 1964.   Not just the plant has grown into a solid looking (guava?) tree but  even the kid has grown into a nattily dressed middle-aged man - no doubt feeling little proud- who is still smiling.

Today Sarwate himself is in autumn of his life but listen carefully, and you can hear his life force gushing through the tree of Lalit, 'वसंत वृक्ष'.


 (Magazine was priced Rs. 0.75)
 
If you wish to enjoy a few of the past covers of Lalit done by Sarwate, please visit the given links.

2013: Lalit, 2013

2012:  Lalit, 2012 

2011: Lalit, 2011

2010: Lalit, 2010

2009: Lalit, 2009 

2008:  Lalit, 2008 

2007:  Lalit, 2007 

4 comments:

mannab said...

प्रिय अनिरुद्ध यांस,
सप्रेम नमस्कार
तुमची ही अनुदिनी मी नियमितपणे वाचत असतो. कधी कधी अभिप्राय देत असतो. आपण ज्या आत्मीयतेने मराठी साहित्यावर लिहिता ते मराठीतून का लिहित नाही असे विचारावेसे वाटते.
मंगेश नाबर

Aniruddha G. Kulkarni said...

Thanks Mangesh for your affection but I have chosen my medium and it's English for the time being.

best,
Aniruddha

mannab said...

अनिरुद्ध,

तुम्ही निवडलेला मार्ग तुम्हाला आवडत असला तरी आम्हा वाचकांचे प्रांजळ मत विचारात घ्याल की नाही ? त्याला काहीच किंमत नाही की काय ? मग हा अनुदिनीचा व्याप कुणासाठी आहे ? माझे हे मत इतरांना विचारून पहा आणि मग ठरवा काय तुम्हाला पसंत ते. अहो, मराठी साहित्यावर लिहायचे, ते वाचणारे या महाराष्ट्रातले किंवा जगातले समजा, वाचक जवळपास सर्व मराठी मग जे लिहिणार ते मराठीत का नाही ? हा माझा सरळ प्रश्न आहे.

मंगेश नाबर

Aniruddha G. Kulkarni said...

Once again I appreciate your feelings, Mangesh. And I am sorry, if I disappoint you.

best,