Sunday, August 13, 2006


We ,who know Satyen , is aware of the fact that he has remained immersed in literature since he was a boy. Over the years , his writing has also become quite readable.

I wanted to know what is retirement plan is . Read on .... his reply is here for you to enjoy :

"My dear Shyamal,

Apropos your queries on retirement blues and our not meeting for fourdecades etc.Came across a gem from Ogden Nash :

"Reflection on the Fallibility of Nemesis"
He who is ridden by a conscience
Worries about a lot of nonscience;
He without benefit of scruples
His fun and income soon quadruples.
-- Ogden Nash.

Unfortunately, having the benefit of scruples, my income has not quadrupled.As such, with retirement looming large, one does wonder ---- "dimly reckoning from traces of a distantly heard echo what my unfinished lifetime will still bring". ( Pasternak's words in the poems attached to hisDr.Zhivago ).

But at the same time, as an innate, if errant, believer in "Mangal-bodh",one hopes to muddle through somehow, somewhere.Does this strike you as a hopelessly unplanned state of affairs ?It is.But then...........

"Into this universe, why, not knowing /
Nor whence, nor whither, willy nilly flowing /
And out of it, as the wind along the waste /
I know not whither, willy nilly blowing //"

I'm sorry if this leaves you even more unclear and befuddled as to whatever you wanted to know.But that is how it stands at present.

All the best and take care.



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