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In Search of First-Rate Poets

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

Mediocribus esse poetis Non homines, non di, non concessere columnae. [Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets being second rate. ]   That was the Roman poet Horace (Quintas Horatius Flaccus) in his Ars Poetica. That reminded me of the 80’s lazy afternoons when we used to be students. A lazy afternoon then meant a...

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Vignettes of India’s Transport Scene

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

What follows are a few quick sketches of some aspects of India’s transport scene. Yes, in the 21st century. Here’s the vehicle of our dream. It is non-polluting and economically beneficial for both the pilot and the passenger. If you are a believer in the ‘trickle-down theory’, this should be your means of conveyance. You are even...

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The Neighbourhood ‘Iron-man’

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

I see him as he puts coal to the dark underbelly of his earthen furnace every dawn when I go out for my morning constitutional. He then lights the furnace and rapidly stirs the surrounding air with a palm-leaf hand-fan. As the embers light up and smoke billows out, he gets engaged in arranging the pile of washed clothes collected from the houses in the...

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Death of a Rain Tree

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

প্রাঙ্গণে মোর শিরীষ শাখায় ফাগুন মাসে কী উচ্ছাসে ক্নান্তিবিহীন ফুল ফোটানোর খেলা…. In my yards on the branches of the rain tree in the month of Falgun, with what exuberance the tireless game of budding flowers is played… What I witnessed today couldn’t have come at a worst time. The headlines of a news report in today’s The Indian Express...

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Hitler’s character

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

The personality of the Nazi Führer is shrouded in mystery. The republication of two documents* reveals a man at once courteous and choleric and nurtured crazy ambitions. A visionary who knew how to benefit from events for a long time? A tactician who came very close to winning his bet? More than seventy years after his suicide in his bunker, Hitler’s...

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Picasso’s tribute to Apollinaire

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

The French poet Guillaume Apollinaire’s (1880-1918) death centenary will be celebrated in two years. Before that Le Musée de l”Orangerie have planned for an exhibition on this ‘bard of modernity’. The exhibition will focus on the period when Guillaume Apollinaire was active as an art critic, mainly between 1902 and 1918. Those long...

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