Ananta Madhavan Quotes
'''All truths are partial and the last, the most.'''Me
'''Today is the Tomorrow of YesterdayA. Madhavan,21 June,2014, musing on the Relativity of Time and the futility of his trying to understand the equations of Einstein.
And the Yesterday of Tomorrow'.''
''1. 'It is not we who catch up with age;A. Madhavan,8 April,2013 and earlier.
It is old age that catches up with us',
As the over-taker said to the undertaker.
2. 'Middle age is when you are old enough to
to envy youth, but not too old to stop
caring about the loss of youth.'
3. 'One consolation of middle age is to watch
the parallel of ageing of contemporaries'.''
''A Zen Quibble.A. Madhavan
There is no point in this Zen story.
That is the point.''
'''I am securely anchored to a groovedPoem by A. Madhavan, entitled 'Axle', published by Writer's Workshop, Calcutta, India in 1971.
Orbit of days and seasons; I shall hold
Fast to my functions, my place in the sun,
Observer, object, subject, substitute
For the vanishing void in the centre.'''
'''O Woe, we owe you overmuchAs a college student I was interested in figures of speech, metaphors, prosody, rhyme, and scansion, including 'homonyms'.
That crippled Happiness should take you as its crutch'.''
'''Some of us predict the Past, imagine the Present,Closing lines of a contribution I sent to Poem Hunter, 'Time Sense and the Present Tense' on 28 February,2015.
Historicise the Future too. But our dates are mythical,
Our imaginings are private fictions, our predictions are
Time that is measured is only is only a strip of a Perpetual Calendar, a fictional chronometer, a mood too subjective to serialise as the last Act in a play without an Epilogue.'''
''Arrest. We want to catch Time and windI noted this in my diary in November 2012, feeling time pressure.
it round a wrist and keep watching it.
Time takes its revenge on us by watching
''Truly Singular. When you can count the hairs on yourA note I made on 7 May,2013.
head rather than speak of your head of hair, you are
truly balding. Everyone has plural selves, but each
is truly singular.''
'''The world is a vast artifice, constantly underA. Madhavan,15 March,2015. I fear no Ides of March. Good to be different from Julius Caesar.
renovation. We are the architects of its
demolition and the artisans of change in our
imaginary nooks, crannies and private cubicles.'''
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Order Out Of Chaos
Panting up the slopes
With the wind brewing in the trees,
And the mountain line like a row
Of aged teeth decaying,
And the cold air in hunger
Nibbling at my warmth,
I think of the jagged beauty that disturbs
The neatly ordered boxes of my mind;
And I think of the rich irrelevance around me,
And I know that I will never smooth
The scarred and pimpled visage of the earth,
Nor rearrange the scattered stars
In jewelled patterns.
I have no secrets from the mocking peak.
A Cynic Turns Away
Speak true, they said
and sniggered when I took them at their word.
Play fair, they said,
Winking as they cheated me and others.
You will learn the rules as you go on;
If you win, you're one of us.
If you lose, we disown you.