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."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

कंबरेच्यावर कोणतेही वस्त्र अंगावर असता कामा नये...Chin Vi Joshi चिं वि जोशी @125

Today January 19 2017 is 125th birth anniversary of Chi Vi Joshi (चिं वि जोशी)


Business Standard reported on December 8 2016: "The Kerala High Court on Thursday banned women from to wearing salwar kameez and churidars inside the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

According to the traditions of the temple, women devotees have to wear a mundu (dhoti) over their waist if they are attired in salwars or churidars.
"Only those women, clad in saris would be allowed inside the temple," said the court.
Earlier on November 30, 2016, temple executive officer K.N Satheesh had allowed women to visit the temple wearing 'churidar'..."

Earlier Loksatta (लोकसत्ता) reported on April 15 2016: "...अखेर देवस्थानने न्यायालयाच्या निर्णयाचा मान ठेवत पुरूषांप्रमाणे महिलांना सकाळी सहा ते सात या कालावधीत गर्भगृहात प्रवेश देण्यास मान्यता दिली. गर्भगृहात प्रवेश करताना ओले सुती, रेशमी वस्त्र परिधान करणे आवश्यक राहणार असल्याचे सांगण्यात आले..."


Reading about these repeatedly visited dress codes, I was amused and remembered something 'naughty' from the late Mr. Joshi's travelogue.
While describing his visit to Padmanabhaswamy Temple at Thiruvananthapuram in his book 'Sanchar' (संचार), 1945/1999, Joshi says:

"...दरवाज्यातून आत शिरताच तेथील परिचारकांनी आम्हांस अंगावरील पंचे कंबरेभोवती गुंडाळण्याची सूचना केली. कंबरेच्यावर कोणतेही वस्त्र पुरुषाच्या अंगावर असता कामा नये असा त्रावणकोरी देवस्थानाचा कायदा आहे..."

(Once we entered through the door, we were asked by the male attendants to wrap our waists with the towels that were till then wrapped around our body. 'The men should wear no cloth above their waist' is an edict of the Tranvankore Devasthan .)

But the punch comes in the next statement...

"पंचवीस वर्षांपूर्वी स्त्रियांनादेखील हा दंडक होता असे म्हणतात  !" (Twenty five years ago apparently the same edict was also applicable to the women !)

Will she be allowed in the temple?
Artist: Dinanath Dalal (दीनानाथ दलाल)

(Just look on the extreme left on the road, Rajiv Dole राजीव डोळे helped with it)

"...R K Narayan almost certainly never read or met C V Joshi. Or did he? I find a lot of similarity between their humour.

Narayan's first novel, Swami and Friends, was published in 1935. By then, C V Joshi's main character- Chimanrao- was well established in Marathi. 

But unlike R K Narayan, C V Joshi shuns sex completely.

An example: Bheema's husband, in 'Rahat-gaadagan' ('रहाट-गाडगं') 1955, performs roles of female characters in a theatre company. A lot of people, including his close family, make fun of him for that. Bheema herself doesn't like it. She might be even suspicious of his virility, particularly because her family was cheated to marry her off.

And yet Joshi completely omits any reference to consummation of their marriage and makes Bheema pregnant in due course!..."

But by making a statement as quoted above: "Twenty five years ago apparently the same edict was also applicable to the women !", he shows what we might have missed.



One of them will certainly be allowed in the temple

Apsaras, Mural, Sigiriya, c. 5th century. Sri Lanka