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, September 29, 2016

Did India Send the Yak to China After a Threat of Shower of Strontium 90?..:Cartoonist Carl Giles@100

Today September 29 2016 is 100th birth anniversary of cartoonist Carl Giles (1916-1995)


Wikipedia informs that "In April 2000, Mr. Giles was voted 'Britain's Favorite Cartoonist of the 20th Century'".

Mr. Giles has drawn hundreds of cartoons. I have seen and liked dozens of them. Here are two of them that made me laugh my head off...

On India China border dispute over which a war was already fought...just take in all the details....


...yak, boy, bed of spikes, snake charmer, Chinese soldier standing in attention, another pointing gun at snake...pettiness of war (atomic one, over a yak)...Chinese military officer being driven in a man pulled cart....bellicose language ...Himalayas...


"Note from Chou En-lai says that unless your boy sends his yak back within three days the Eastern Hemisphere can stand by for a shower of Strontium 90."

Daily Express, September 21, 1965

(Strontium 90: it is a radioactive isotope of strontium produced by nuclear fission. China had tested the first atomic bomb in 1964.)



"An enterprising one is our Rhamjah!"

Daily Express, January 24 1961 

There is no tourist, indeed even a cow, interested in watching a snake charmer or the Indian rope trick....notice the cow alongside the tourists...so many pictures of the late R K Laxman too feature such cows....and don't I remember Rhamjah like enterprising peddlers from my childhood at Miraj? I have spent hours watching them...

Both pictures courtesy of: The British Cartoon Archive hosted by University of Kent

p.s. After I published this post, I read the following in The Times of India September 29 2016:


"Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif threatens to unleash nukes against India."

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