मेघदूत: "नीचैर्गच्छत्युपरि च दशा चक्रनेमिक्रमेण"

समर्थ शिष्या अक्का : "स्वामीच्या कृपाप्रसादे हे सर्व नश्वर आहे असे समजले. पण या नश्वरात तमाशा बहुत आहे."

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.”

Friedrich Nietzsche: “Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.”

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);...”

सदानंद रेगे:
"... पण तुकारामाची गाथा ज्या धुंदीनं आजपर्यंत वाचली जात होती ती धुंदी माझ्याकडे नाहीय. ती मला येऊच शकत नाही याचं कारण स्वभावतःच मी नास्तिक आहे."
".. त्यामुळं आपण त्या दारिद्र्याच्या अनुभवापलीकडे जाऊच शकत नाही. तुम्ही जर अलीकडची सगळी पुस्तके पाहिलीत...तर त्यांच्यामध्ये त्याच्याखेरीज दुसरं काही नाहीच आहे. म्हणजे माणसांच्या नात्यानात्यांतील जी सूक्ष्मता आहे ती क्वचित चितारलेली तुम्हाला दिसेल. कारण हा जो अनुभव आहे... आपले जे अनुभव आहेत ते ढोबळ प्रकारचे आहेत....."

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 22, 2016

Roads as Chasms and Crosswalks as Rickety Planks

Today September 22 2016 is World Car Free Day.

Vidyadhar Date wrote on his FB wall on December 29 2015:
"Apart from terrorists, the traffic police may be seen as a serious security threat to Churchgate railway station in Mumbai. They have put up barricades with the words traffic police inscribed on them on the footpath on the eastern side. This means a situation can worsen in case of a terrorist attack or some other calamity. Hundreds and thousands of people come out of the station constantly. Basic norms demand that for such a huge outflow there should be maximum points of exit. But with such tactics the authorities seem bent on funneling the people through the narrow underpass, treating them like cattle, causing them the maximum inconvenience.
The police, it seems, are posing this serious threat merely for the convenience of a few motorists passing along Maharshi Karve Roa road. The idea is that people do not come out of the footpath onto the road. Suppose there is security threat in the rush hour the situation will be particularly grave because then even the lucky ones coming out on the road will not be able to cross the road as the traffic light is usually switched off here . This switching off enables a constant flow of vehicular traffic while blocking pedestrians, posing a grave threat to their lives..." 

Artist: Karl Jilg for Swedish Road Administration

As Vox notes, "By depicting roads as chasms and crosswalks as rickety planks spanning them, [Jilg] shows just how lopsided the the proportions of a normal urban street corner really are." (more on it here http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/one-cartoon-that-highlights-how-much-public-space-we-sacrifice-for-cars--ZyVySum_sx)