Two Thoughts of the Day

One

In my opinion, the only goals worth pure respect and ambition are ones that (a) a very brilliant person (b) has to work very hard for. Is it my inherent cynicism or do very few goals in the world seem to fill both the criteria? For example, JUDE (excellent as it may be) fills both (a) and (b) but not necessarily at the same time. (I. e. a very brilliant person can get on at JUDE with moderate-to-zero effort; and a moderately brilliant person can do the same with substantial effort put in. At times it is even possible for individuals to get on with neither (a) nor (b), with a little help from the Google-enabled phone or other comforts of a similar vein. Which disqualifies JUDE from that elusive category.)

Two

I think I was in Class 12 (or 11?) when Günter Grass visited Calcutta and spoke extensively on The Tin Drum. I had even attended the panel discussion at Kala Mandir (where he shared space with Tariq Ali, if my memory does not deceive; I have still not managed to read Tariq Ali though I’ve intended to for ever) but I did it out of sheer curiosity: I had not read any of Grass’s books yet, I knew little about him except the name. Right now, as I read The Tin Drum, I am wishing for nothing more than to be able to rewind to that evening and listen to the discussion with a better receptivity. Right now, I remember how wise and well-spoken and impressive Grass had seemed to my little school-going self but regrettably I remember nothing else.

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6 thoughts on “Two Thoughts of the Day

  1. Thought One is true enough, and sad enough. But I don’t know that very many educational institutes would qualify as worthy aims, in this context.

    • I agree, though I was thinking of more than educational institutes. It is all an excuse given for my lack of ambition, of course. People who are naturally ambitious will never run out of worthy things to strive for.

  2. Now you know where my blog title was, er, “taken” from….
    *sigh*

    eta amar favourite novel, porchhish shuney bhalo laaglo….aar oi trip ta tey gunter grass learnt about netaji…
    heh :P

    • Ah! Shudhu porchhi naki! (Baki shob Gtalk, whenever you deign to appear.)

      Aar “learnt about Netaji” maane ki? Aage jaanten na?

  3. Google enabled phone? Bhalo ghapla toh. Amader school-college er shomoy erom phone thakle bhalo hoto.

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