Category Archives: Food for thought

‘A Book must be the Axe for the Frozen Sea Inside us’ – Franz Kafka

metamorphosis

When Franz Kafka wrote to his friend Oskar Pollak ‘ I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us…We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into the forests far from everyone, like a suicide.’ He was probably referring to his works, and the one which stands out the most is THE METAMORPHOSIS.

To attempt to analyze this short literary marvel would be a mistake, it’d be enough to say that every ‘thinking’ person should check it out at sometime or other. The tale in true Kafkaesque style brings our worst nightmare to reality, thereby making us realize that there exists another life that we all lead–the one in our dreams that we seldom give much importance to. Anyone could relate to this at once beautiful, comical, painful and wistful story of an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into an insect.

The Mahatma- Let’s remember him on his 144th Birthday.

Mahatma

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

(October 2, 1869- January 30, 1948)

Employing non violent civil disobedience, Gandhi or Bapu as he is fondly called, led India to independence from the all powerful British.

He inspired civil rights movements all across the world.

A champion of women and the poor, he put an end to untouchability and achieved Swaraj or self rule.

A few quotes:

‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” 

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” 

“God has no religion.” 

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” 

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” 

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

Gandhiji’s First Television Interview- 30 April, 1931

Retracing History- Florentine Streets

Florentine street

Did Michelangelo, Botticelli, da Vinci, Donatello traverse these streets?

Perhaps not

But I like to think otherwise

And that I am retracing history

Wow! What a feeling!