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"Dekho aisa hai (See, it is like this), there are treasures waiting for everybody, but the question is—who shall find them? And, I believe that only those explorers who have the passion and madness to go on will find them." - Raghu Rai http://www.visuramagazine.com/inconversation-raghu-rai
"We weren’t supposed to be there, two men, with a son we had never dreamed of by our side, getting married by a woman who changed and enriched our lives more than she would ever know. But there we were, thanks to a fateful discovery and a judicious hunch." http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/…/we-found-our-son-in…/
Saadat Hasan Manto writes this epitaph for himself, a few months before he died:
“Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto. With him lie buried all the arts and mysteries of short story writing. Under tons of earth he lies, wondering if he is a greater story writer than God.”
Another one from Coomaraswamy:
“It is the natural instinct of a child to work from within outwards; "First I think, and then I draw my think." What wasted efforts we make to teach the child to stop thinking, and only to observe!”
Re-surfacing after weeks, here is what we are reading - Ananda Coomaraswamy & his essays:
"We ‘preserve’ folk songs, at the same time that our way of life destroys the singer…we are proud of our museums, where we display the damning evidence of a way of life that we have made impossible.”
"... most mistakes in practical politics have their origin in confusion over abstract ideas. Is this kind of liberalism possible in India? Our politics might make you despondent about its prospects. But perhaps here, as elsewhere, our politics is out of touch with what is struggling to emerge from below. Let the Liberal Republic emerge." http://www.indianexpress.com/news/the-liberal-dna/1064944/0
"In those days, there were neither buses nor trains; there were not even the roads. So learning swimming was inevitable. No need for fuel, no need to stand in the line (in 1980 when this interview was held, there was fuel shortage in India and it was common to stand in a queue for hours to purchase kerosene or petrol), just jump into the water and swim to the destination! " - The Dean of Indian Historians http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/itihas/rc_majumdar.htm
Eric Hobswam last October and now Gerda Lerner. RIP http://www.nytimes.com/…/gerda-lerner-historian-dies-at-92.…
A snippet from a letter written by a novelist:
"I sit down religiously every morning. I sit down for eight hours every day—and the sitting down is all. In the course of that working day of eight hours, I write three sentences, which I erase before leaving the table in despair….It takes all my resolution and power of self-control to refrain from butting my head against the wall. I want to howl and foam at the mouth, but I daren't do it for fear of waking th[e] baby and alarming my wife."
(The writer was Joseph Conrad)
“No matter how much money comes to us from outside aid and so on, our real investments are coming from within Africa, Brazil, China, India. They don’t think there’s anything wrong with Africa.”
Article for the day! As #FDI in retail issue upsets the nation. http://www.indianexpress.com/…/nation-of-small-st…/1040945/0
via Public Diplomacy blog:
"It is possible to imagine a distant future in which most other species of life are extinct but the ocean will consist overwhelmingly of immortal jellyfish, a great gelatin consciousness everlasting."
--Nathaniel Rich, "Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?" New York Times
From Nassim Taleb's recent book 'Antifragile':
"Mine is an intellect that burns with the light and heat of a thousand suns. Frequently, I must warn university students not to bring uncooked bags of microwave popcorn around me as my mind is at work..."
Economics from the Gandhian perspective:
On December 22, 1921, in his lecture to a group of economists, Mahatma Gandhi said: "In a well-ordered society, the securing of one's livelihood should be and is found to be the easiest thing in the world. Indeed, the test of orderliness in a country is not the number of millionaires it owns, but the absence of starvation among its masses."
"The customer today has become very hybrid—he doesn’t know what he wants to do when, if he wants to eat breakfast at night or get shit-faced in the afternoon. Hence, a lot of hybrid restaurants are coming up, ..." http://www.openthemagazine.com/…/art-cult…/extreme-makeovers
When Ranbir Singh shaved off his big moustache, education happened! Insightful stories from education initiatives in rural India http://www.firstpost.com/…/of-metrics-and-moustaches-measur…
Of public libraries and nostalgia: Rohit Dhankar reminisces about the numerous rural public libraries that shaped the thinking of children thirsting for knowledge http://www.deccanherald.com/…/of-public-libraries-nostalgia…