Sunday, Hili dialogue

It’s October 2, and you know what that means: it’s Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday! Born in Gujurat in 1869, Gandhi trained in the law in London, made a name practicing in South Africa, and then returned to India in 1915. The rest is history, brought to an abrupt end with his assassination by a Hindu nationalist in 1948, the year after partition. It goes without saying that he played a huge role in India’s independence from Britain. Churchill called him a “naked fakir,” Orwell gave him a mixed assessment, but in the end Gandhi well deserves his status as a national hero. Here he is with another great Indian, Rabindranath Tagore, in 1940:


On this day in 1950, the comic strip Peanuts was first published, and, in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Notables born on this day include, beside Gandhiji, Nat Turner (1800), Wallace Stevens (1879; “Beauty is momentary in the mind—/ The fitful tracing of a portal;/ But in the flesh it is immortal”), Groucho Marx (1890), Christian de Duve (1917), Johnnie Cochran (1937), Donna Karan (1948♥), Annie Leibovitz (1949), and Sting (1951). Those who died on this day include Svante Arrhenius (1927), Paavo Nurmi (1973), and Rock Hudson (1985). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is staying closer to home after her two-day absence, but is interested in some nearby birds (note that she is meowing):

A: Hili, look, they are releasing racing pigeons.
Hili: That’s beautiful, let’s get closer.
In Polish:
Ja: Hili, patrz, będą wypuszczać pocztowe gołębie.
Hili: To piękne, chodź, podejdziemy bliżej.
Lagniappe: The paws that refresh


  1. Posted October 2, 2016 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    LOVE the lagniappe!

    I’ve long noticed that Hindustan was partitioned into India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh a year before Palestine was finally and officially partitioned into Jordan and Israel, yet no one seems to appreciate that the territory now known as Jordan was once promised to the Jews, and its separation out was the first “Two State Solution.”

    In both cases, Muslims are involved, and in both cases, hostilities continue. Why, then, are Palestinians (who used to be Arabs back when Christians and Jews were called Palestinians) so special?

  2. amarnath
    Posted October 2, 2016 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    These immortal words of Einstein summarizes Gandhi;s life.
    “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.”

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 2, 2016 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    The Hitch’s evaluation of the Mahatma was less than glowing, too.

  4. Christopher
    Posted October 2, 2016 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Ah, Groucho…along with Twain, perhaps the best comedic mind this country ever produced.

    Some of my favorite quotes, that nobody my age gets because they’ve never bothered to watch the Marx bros. movies, are from him…

    “Why was I with her? Because she reminds me of you. In fact, she reminds me more of you than you do!

    “I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll make an exception!”

    “I’d horsewhip you, if I had a horse”

    and one that would get the mirthless SJW’s knickers in a twist: “A man is only as old as the women he feels”

    hello, I must be going…

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