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"Everybody Tells Me Everything" and "More About People" by Ogden Nash

Everybody Tells Me Everything


I find it very difficult to enthuse
Over the current news.
Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no
blacker, it worsens,
And that is why I do not like the news, because there has never been an era
when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.


More About People



When people aren't asking questions
They're making suggestions
And when they're not doing one of those
They're either looking over your shoulder or stepping on your toes
And then as if that weren't enough to annoy you
They employ you.
Anybody at leisure
Incurs everybody's displeasure.
It seems to be very irking
To people at work to see other people not working,
So they tell you that work is wonderful medicine,
Just look at Firestone and Ford and Edison,
And they lecture you till they're out of breath or something
And then if you don't succumb they starve you to death or something.
All of which results in a nasty quirk:
That if you don't want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work.

Ogden Nash



A poem by Alfredo Vea, Junior



They are death-defying,
Lofty and hazardous in their
Handsome strength.
Yet you’ll never track them down.
Still — they do leave behind
A faint earthbound trail:
Scattered here and there are
Broken men and women who,
Like old Jacob, limp along,
Injured by the burden of Light…


-Alfredo Vea, Junior
Check out his book,
Gods Go Begging

Mr.Naipaul's Round Trip and Other Essays

Mr.Naipaul's Round Trip and Other Essays, U.R. Ananthamurthy, T.G. Vaidyanathan


Pranesacharya’s plight is that of many, modern Hindus in search of a stable identity in a shifting world. It is this type of what I shall call fallen hindu who is ripe for a modern guru. Their number in India is steadily growing. The novelist U.R. Ananthamurthy, himself part of modern India, has confessed that he got the idea for writing Samskara after a viewing of Bergman’s disturbing religious masterpiece, The Seventh Seal.

T.G. Vaidyanathan writing in his essay ‘Authority and Identity in India’, published in D├Ždalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, issue entitled ‘Another India’, Fall 1989, Vol.118, No.4.

I came across it in the book,Mr.Naipaul's Round Trip and Other Essays

An Orange and a Clock for Sanjay Dutt

An Orange and a Clock for Sanjay Dutt“Everyone makes mistakes in life…but the element of criminality in you is incurable”

-Tada Judge Pramod Kode to Sanjay Dutt

That’s what the Red banner on the front page of Hindustan Times, screams. This in effect means that after spending whatever ‘actual period’ of the sentenced six years in prison, he is going to return to society not cured of his criminality. And what is he going to do then. If he takes Judge Kode’s advice, then, he is going to be India’s answer to Gregory Peck.
After sentencing Sanjay Dutt, judge P D Kode summoned him back to his courtroom around 5:30 pm. Among other things, this is what he had to say-

Sanjay Dutt: Yes sir, it’s just that I am tired.
Judge Kode: Yes, I know but don’t lose faith. You are Number 1 in your field. In the 10 years, you have done well even during the trial…You should be like Gregory Peck, who acted in films like McKenna’s Gold.
Sanjay Dutt: (Says nothing, merely nods his head.)
A different account of the meeting as published in Times of India-

Sanjay: Sir, I am just getting very tired now.
Kode: You have to have faith in yourself, Sanjay. There was an actor who acted in Mackenna’s Gold but I don’t remember his name…
Sanjay: Sir, Gregory Peck.
Kode: Yes, Peck! He was acting till the age of 100 and you have to do the same. […]

Choodessny Chepooka.
The conversation can easily find its way into the novella A Clockwork Orange written by Anthony Burgess.

His Pooshka did him in.

Sanju: Yes sir, it’s just that I am fagged now.

Judge Code: Yes, I know but don’t lose faith. Just keep loving the Sinny.
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