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."

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Does NH-4 Have That Milestone: Your Lost Childhood?

I have not been to Miraj (मिरज)- where I spent first 21 years of life- for almost thirty years now.

I don't regret it as she continues to live in me as she was and I am satisfied with that.

Not all days were perhaps were as colorful as the girl in the picture below remembers. But we had our celebrations under the trees of tamarind, banyan, Spanish cherry (बकुळ), syzygium cumini (जांभुळ), Indian fig tree (उंबर)....

  
A young girl remembers the celebration beneath blossoming cherry trees

Artist: Unknown to me

courtesy: Library of Congress and The Atlantic
I sort of miss Miraj but I derive consolation from a part of B S Mardhekar's (बा सी मर्ढेकर) poem 'किती तरी दिवसांत' :

"... बरा म्हणून हा इथें
दिवा पारवा पार्‍याचा;
बरी तोतर्‍या नळाची
शिरीं धार, मुखी ऋचा"



Artist: Harry Bliss

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