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, October 29, 2016

फुगे- स्वस्तिक ते निरोध...1947 to 2016, A Journey of Rubber

Today October 29 2016 is the first day of Diwali, Shake 1938- Naraka Chaturdashi (नरकचतुर्दशी, शके १९३८)

 Look at the rangoli (रांगोळी) the ladies have drawn 69 years ago....


Artist: Dinanath Dalal (दीनानाथ दलाल), 1947

courtesy: copyright holders of Dalal's work, Vangmay Shobha (वाङ्मय शोभा) and Bookganga.com

DD was clearly excited drawing this picture for first Diwali issue in independent India but the rest of the magazine does not have matching enthusiasm. It was largely because Mr. N C Kelkar (न चि केळकर) had just died. Mr. Kelkar was very, very close to the founder editor of the magazine but I still feel an opportunity to celebrate was missed.

Now India's map also appears in the same issue of the magazine in the following ad:


courtesy: Vangmay Shobha

Who says India never was one country?

courtesy: Vangmay Shobha 

This ad appears on the last page of the magazine. I was really amused by it. Notice how it's carrying a map of India on the globe.

Was balloon a branded product then? It surely had high margins. Now in 2016, we don't have high profile ads of balloons but that of another product also made of rubber: condoms.

[I can't forget the first time, in school, I heard the expression 'Nirodhcha Phuga' (निरोधचा फुगा)...in US, condom is called rubber]
 

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