PinakiWednesday, March 18, 2009
And to really read the man, go to his blog.
Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known... it is this fact that makes the public try to exercise over it in an authority that is as immoral as it is ridiculous, and as corrupting as it is contemptible. It is not quite their fault. The public has always, and in every age, been badly brought up. They are continually asking Art to be popular
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
Muharram in Bombay
Knives that will draw blood hours later string into picture.
In bunches at the end of chains, they will be used to lash backs and remind Muslims of the massacre of the prophet Muhammed's grandson, Imam Hussain.
Other dagger-like knives will be held in the hand to cut vertically into the forehead.
Here, they're put on display, for sale. Imamwada Road, deep in the heart of Bombay's traditional Muslim stronghold, is lined with thousands of knives, and buyers, every year.
Subtle visitor, you arrive in the flower and the water.
as a bunch of flowers, every day, between my hands