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.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

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."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

दीनानाथ दलाल, शताब्दी संपन्न - Dinanath Dalal's Kodak Moment

Today May 30 2017 is 101st birth anniversary of Dinanath Dalal (दीनानाथ दलाल) 1916-1971 

Both pictures below are from 1949. 

Most of Dalal's pictures from that period are very tradition-bound. But this picture is different.

Look at the attire of the kids- especially that of a girl in both the pictures below- and, although the attractive lady is wearing conventional sari with a matching blouse, look at her trendy purse and umbrella.

I did not see such things being used by a middle class Marathi speaking family, that is taking a break on the beach, until at least 1980's. Also note the absence of a male figure. Such pictures one sees from abroad almost always have a male figure.


Artist: Dinanath Dalal, September 1949

courtesy:  copyright holders,  Vangmay Shobha and Bookganga.com


 
Courtesy: Look magazine, July 19, 1949

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