Wednesday, January 19, 2011

1414 : Nandy Dandy

Sometimes pompous Pritish Nandy can make sense (also!!). Like his article from Times today…whole article at

What I liked most was this excerpt…which is precisely I view “substances”….I also like the bit that life should essentially be a YES and not a NO. Most important sentence “Nothing’s as bad as it’s made out to be if you enjoy it…” Excerpt….

On the contrary, I try on every birthday to acquire some new addictions, live my life richer, fuller, learn something new.
I recommend you do the same. Spend the year being nice to yourself, do stuff you want you. Make Yes your birthday resolution, not No. The world has changed, I admit. But not everything people once did is wrong. Whether it was Audrey Hepburn who made smoking the ultimate fashion statement by sporting that elegant, long, black cigarette holder in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Dylan Thomas who drank all day and most nights writing the best poetry of his generation. If you don’t believe me, listen to Richard Burton, another brilliant Welshman and one of the great actors of all time, who also drank far too much, reading Dylan’s poems. Now, that’s life altering.
Nothing’s as bad as it’s made out to be if you enjoy it. You don’t have to judge it. Why must I judge Jim Morrison for the drugs he took. I would rather judge him by the songs he wrote, the music he made?  Aldous Huxley claimed the windows of the mind, the doors of perception would never open without mescaline. He won the Nobel Prize. Ginsberg wrote his best lines smoking up in a samshan ghat beside the Ganga. Grudge him that? Would you grudge Kennedy his many indiscretions, including Marilyn Monroe, when he ran the affairs of the state so well that people still describe his times as Camelot?

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