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."

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Red 'Kumari'- Green 'Mata': 'The Cut Apple and Gingham Dress'

Today October 9 2016 is Kumari Puja day. The girl is considered as incarnation of Goddess Durga.


Devdutt Pattanaik, ‘Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik’, 2016:
 “... There is a contradiction because Devi is kumari (from kunwari, unmarried) as well as a mata, mother. It should perhaps be seen as a metaphor. A field is a fertile virgin, kumari, before it is ploughed. After the rains, when it produces the crop, it is called mata. So Devi is known as kumari mata. As kumari she wears red and as mata, green. Devi in her vira, warrior, heroic, or ugra, terrifying, roop is considered unmarried. There is no male aspect to her; she's completely female....” 

Look at the following self-portrait...the green color stands for motherhood- mata, apple has been sliced off but the dress makes me think she is kumari because that was the kind of dress worn by unmarried girls, at least in the part of India where I grew up....therefore it's intriguing....
 


Self Portrait 'The Cut Apple and Gingham Dress', 2003

Artist: Cig Harvey

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