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 14, 2015

वीट येणे म्हणजे काय?...Hearing All About Bathroom Renovation at Dinner Table

A lot of people insist on you 'seeing' their house when you visit them.

I wonder if it is a kind of courtesy extended to the first time visitor or one of the most pompous acts you suffer so as not to offend the host.

In earlier times, middle-class people made you 'see' their under-construction house. I guess, like me, Pu La Deshpande (पु ल देशपांडे) did not enjoy the activity.

Once Pu La was taken to see such a construction and at some point was given two bricks to hold on to. He ended up carrying them for next two hours! 

Brick in Marathi is called 'veet' (वीट).

Pu La says at that point he realized from where the expression 'veet yene' (वीट येणे), meaning getting fed up, entered Marathi lexicon: "मी पुढले दोन तास उजव्या हातात घरची आणि डाव्या हातात बाजारची वीट घेऊन त्याचे घर पाहत हिंडत होतो. एखाद्या गोष्टीचा कंटाळा येण्याला वीट येणे का म्हणतात ते त्या दिवशी कळले"


Artist: Amy Hwang, The New Yorker, November 2014

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