Thursday, July 21, 2011

I don’t subscribe to mythological stories and I’m not very well versed in matters esoteric

Re: Integral Leadership by Anurag Banerjee Mirror of Tomorrow by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Thu 21 Jul 2011 01:16 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I too had heard Derrida in New Delhi in 1997 without understanding a word of his lecture, but I won’t blame him for that. The memory of meeting him, however, is now a cherished treasure. [TNM55] 1:14 PM 

by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Tue 19 Jul 2011 03:51 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I’m not very well versed in matters esoteric, but by definition, harbouring confusion should be out of question for “unmediated experience” (to me, a theoretical construct), I suppose. [TNM55] 3:33 PM 

Re: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo says Savitri is a fictional creation by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Thu 13 Aug 2009 12:20 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I don’t subscribe to mythological stories. As in The Secret of the Veda, I am interested in the “symbol” aspect and not in the fiction (katha) part. Again, the symbol is all. [TNM]

The phrase “Savitri Era” needs to be popularised for easy identity for all Sri Aurobindo and Divine Mother followers” and Jitendra, through his blog, has extended a helping hand. As for the socio-political matters, I am ploughing a lonely furrow with much trepidation. All the best. [TNM55] 8:21 AM 

The beauty of a blog is in its brevity, or so we suppose who prefer to take cover under the Kautilyan dictum of keeping mum being the strength of the unwise and Chaucer's to make virtue of necessity as inspiration dries up after half a line invariably every fine morning. [TNM]

Being commanded to write an essay was, no doubt, the most formidable prospect in the school. The journey began with the unforgettable, “The cow is a four footed animal,” the overall limit being ten sentences. In a blog post too, this looks like an ideal limit within which one can fairly express his opinion on a particular subject with sufficient clarity. Even the mandatory, Introduction, Argument, Conclusion etc. can be accommodated, in a nutshell. Sonnet, it seems, is the poetic counterpart of this format. The Twitter (140 characters), of course, is more popular now which can be compared with Haiku (17 syllables). 
Wordbook was an indispensable companion for learning English; its pocket size being more endearing. Once a person came to the school to sell a new wordbook which he had authored in the form of poems and recited them. Father, Mother, Brother, Sister / Aunt, Uncle, Son, Daughter / Wife, Husband, Friend, Neighbour. The fourth line, I no longer remember. [TNM] 2:40 PM 

Google Reader is a great facility and over the years I have cherry picked nearly 200 feeds, not all of them equally active. Besides, Google Alert keeps on replenishing my inbox on more than a dozen topics. Then, of course, the continual scanning of Google News and conducting sundry searches, squeezing in a few You Tubes in between. All these happen in the normal course powered by sheer curiosity, and we may safely christen it as Google Yoga! [TNM] 10:34 AM 

On a couple of occasions, I remember, Mohan Joshiji might have convinced someone for purchasing Savitri at the Book Fair, and if he insists on the Hindi translation, then the search for the book would begin. But no luck. Dr. Gyanchandra used to hide the copies and was loath to recommend them. I'm happy, therefore, to read his eulogy for the recent Hindi transcreation by Dr. K. N. Varma in the current Karmdhara. [TNM] 4:32 PM 

Rajat Kar used to offer around a dozen interpretations for each line of poetry at the Bhanja Jayanti celebrations in Cuttack. Being a school-goer then, it was not possible to comprehend them all. This year's SAHMAT celebration on January 1st was on Faiz, and I missed out on the meaning of most of the recitations. Musical renditions, however, were amply rewarding. [TNM] 1:22 PM [YouTube - Kie Dakere - Odia Song (Jeeban Sathi 1963) 16 Apr 2011 Voice: Tusar N. Mohapatra Dedicated to the memory of Pradyumna Kumar Mohapatra (1965-2011)]

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