Friday, August 31, 2018

Nobel Blogging Demokrissy trends with world's leading think tank



Now, if only their was a Nobel Prize for Blogging and/or the cannon of commentary on the modern age of which it is a part. Demokrissy leads world opinion where it matters. Demokrissy's trending at the UN, it seems. In the days that saw the mortal exit of two Nobel Laureates of 2001 in one week, with the death of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who received the Nobel Peace Prize and Sir Vidia Naipaul who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in the same year, attention was turned on and tuned to Demokrissy's assessment and presentation of the impact of Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia S. Naipaul on our world. In fact, the - uhh- post mortem - on Sir Vidia's funeral has been trending at the United Nations and to UN readers.  Now who needs likes and thumbs up from Facebook, Twitter, Intagram, LinkedIn etc when the reach is more targeted, direct and to the point, eh.
Demokrissy blogging won a BBC/UNESCO Communication Initiative Policy Blogging for New Media and featured in the International Seminar on Media and Agriculture with its blog, 'Growing Journalists from Agriculturalists' and short film,"Caribbean Media and Agriculture - A Marriage of Necessity'.

Kidding aside, how humbled I feel to have been within the ambit of some of the world's leading minds of our time.
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You can read the contributions on Sir Vidia and other Nobel encounters through these links:
Reflections on the Death of Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul see link https://goo.gl/7eBP5a 
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Funeral Scores, musical and otherwise of Sir Vidia S. Naipaul. A final farewell with a fanfare of Naipaulian-flavoured fictive irony


‘No other papers carried the news.’
It is almost like poetic prophesy, that this line, written about the funeral of his classic small island anti-hero, Mr Biswas, of the picaresque epic A House for Mr Biswas published in 1961, could also read as ironic truth of Sir Vidia Naipaul’s own funeral.
The funeral of the 2001 Nobel Laureate, Sir Vidia S. Naipaul (Aug 17 1932 to August 11 2018) took place on Wednesday August 22, 2018, in a largely unnoted ceremony, noted by this blog, Demokrissy in understanding of the value of chronicling as the world he left torn asunder more on the demerits of the man than on the merits of his writings.
‘No other papers,’ it seems, ‘carried the news’ of his funeral, except one far-off Indian newspaper which telegraphs a reportedly private invitation-only ceremony in London, although there have been a continuous outpouring of tributes and assessments of his life and works since the announcement of his death on August 11, 2018, six days short of his 86th birthday. In these parts, media houses wait with accustomed unbated breath to receive news from the once-Empire to feed it into news feeds.
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Long set to rest have been the ‘amazing scenes’ of national reporting meant to excite the imagination that hallmarked the journalistic tradition captured by his father Seepersad Naipaul (1906 to 1953) chronicles of Gurudeva, that echo through scenes of Sir Vidia’s biographical epic, A House of Mr Biswas, in ways that are yet to be fully articulated. It found interpretation in Sir Vidia’s own grandiose brand of journalism-hardly-disguised-as-fiction that I have set in the contexts of its century-plus years of gestation from the soils of his birth in Finding a Place and which matured in his literary canon of 33 books that hallmark the journey of a migrant people with little sense of the english language to produce the "Lord of the English Language". 
A crosssection of writingabout Sir Vidia S Naipauln the world of the writer 
His style became the antidote to other literary legacies including what is known in literary circles as magic realism, a genre developed by his near-contemporaries as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (March 1927 – 17 April 2014 see the Magic and Realism of Marquez) and Salman Rushdie (June 19, 1947-). Rushdie, incidentally, who has been centerstage of one of the media-driven literary-feuds, tweeted on news of Naipaul’s death, ‘We disagreed all our lives about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just los a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia #VS Naipaul.’ Needless to say, his brief tribute was received with an onslaught of insults.
The description of Sir Vidia’s funeral, to which his immediate family in Trinidad and Tobago is said to have not been privy, indeed conjures up an ‘amazing scene’. Oh how I would have loved to read of it from the pen of Sir Vidia himself, or his journalist father: of a handful of some 100 from the US and UK identified as friends, literary associates including his agent Andrew Wylie and ‘a few close relatives including Lady Nadira,’ wife of Sir Vidia.
Instead, the report of what unfolded is laid out by a reporter that could almost be molded on the erstwhile ‘NightWatchman’ of what remains to me one of Naipaul’s most humorous pieces of dry comic satire, except that, unlike that ‘Nightwatchman’ who observes and records without comment or colour, the reporter fills in sparseness of detail with some commentary jabs that have the effect of skimming stones on water. From the snipet, the gathering and events in the idyllc garden crematorium at London’s Kensal Green, reeks of Naipaulian comic irony. Naipaul, if he instructed this final farewell, couldn’t have set a better stage for his send off.
The Indian-born reporter singles out among the guests, Alexander Waugh, grandson of author Evelyn Waugh, and Sonny Mehta, publishing mogul and editor-in-chief of the Random House imprint Alfred A Knopf for more than quarter a century. With the select guests, they reportedly listened to few lines from the Bhagavat Gita, part of the epic Mahabharata snuck in by his friend of some twenty years, Geordie Greig, who is soon to take over the editorship of the Daily Mail, reputedly Britain’s second largest tabloid. While there was no indication what those lines from the Gita might have been, I would hazard a guess that it is likely be classic instruction of Krishna to Arjuna on the nature of the soul, immutable, unchanging and indestructible while we change bodies as we change worn out clothes (Gita, Chap 2).
Greig had also been at Sir Vidia’s deathbed at his home, reporting, “He drifted off and it was peaceful and very, very sad but what a life, what an achievement, what a legacy…” He sent him off with a reading of a poem, Crossing the Bar, “which had great resonance and meaning to him and I just turned on my phone and found it and we read it.” It seems too apt choice to be a random selection and was perhaps requested by Naipaul himself, I discerned, in the same way he must have planted the notion of picong in Patrick French’s biography as a clue to deciphering the misunderstanding that has shrouded reception of his work. Crossing the Bar by Britain’s poet laureate of the Victorian age, Alfred Lord Tennyson, is an elegy on the soul’s return to its beginnings, When that which drew from out the boundless deep/Turns again home.
Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Crossing the Bar
In the rustic serenity of the Kendal Green Cemetery, the mourners, we are told, were also treated to a reading from Naipaul’s 1987 book, The Enigma of Arrival. As the exact passage was not identified, I searched my memory of the book, thinking of the final chapter, The Ceremony of Farewell, where he identified, “it was only out of this new awareness of death that I began at last to write. Death was a motif…” If it was, how ironic that would be, given the absence of his sisters at his funeral, as that chapter also details the traditional Hindu funeral with all its ritualistic oddities, described through his experience of his return to Trinidad for the funeral of his youngest sister who had died of a brain haemorrage!
Perhaps, the reading was from the Enigma’s first chapter, Jack’s Garden with its pathos in his speculation of death with its echoes of the philosophy of the lines from the Bhagavad Gita: of inevitability: ‘people die, people grow old, people change houses;’ and of immortality, discerned in walking through Stonehenge that fed, ‘my sense of antiquity, my feeling for the age of the earth, and the oldness of man’s possession of it,’ or of his reflection on his own life:
That idea of ruin, of dereliction, of out-of-placeness, was something I felt about myself, attached to myself,: a man from another hemisphere, another background, coming to rest in middle life in the cottage of a half neglected estate….
Those lines remind me of his antithesis to that haunting philosophy articulated in A Bend In the River (1979). It gave Patrick French the title of his 2008 authorised biography of Naipaul, ‘the world is what it is, men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.’ It was his early realization, penned in the passionate – yes passion is an adjective that can be attributed to Naipaul – pronouncement on the life of his father in A House for Mr Biswas,
How terrible it would have been…to die…to have lived without even attempting to lay claim to one’s portion of the earth; to have lived and died as one had been born, unnecessary and unaccommodated.
To me, reflected in this funeral to the end, the ultimate Naipaulian irony has been in how Naipaul created and sustained his own myth of himself. Knowing the world for what it is, he baited it, gleefully ruffled feathers, choocking fire, as would have been the expression in his birth community, the family, the community, the society and the country that gave his imagination flight. He laid out his truths, personal truths that became universal truths, knowing the world would instead largely go after the coochoor. Yes! Fake news have also had a long lifespan that only finds fuel in the current new media environment.
Naipaul's aspiration for artistic truth, by resurrecting his own demons, poking at them, tapping into his self-hatred so succinctly that language and metaphor and literary masking were as potent as the characters he created; was so successful that others saw themselves mirrored therein, and many, unable to bear its starkness, could only reflect the self-hate. Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott, poet and dramatist, often presented, like Rushdie, as justification for hating Naipaul, mused that Naipaul is “our finest writer of the English sentence.” See Link Nobel Tears for and Of a Nobel Bard
The processes, the tradition, the society, the global events and movements that set the stage for all of this is, whether we want to accept that with pride or heap on scorn, are embedded in my home soil, the truth that I had set out to unearth and is among the myths I believe I was able to somewhat explode in some of the published in Finding a Place which stimulated his interest, voiced as containing ‘things about my father that I did not know.’ But Finding a Place and the skeletons it resurrects as I hope the illustrated graphic edition will make clearer, was not, and never, solely about VS Naipaul, although it has been one of the elements that other critics have isolated to help them in their process of understanding, if not unravelling the enigma of Naipaul. It is about conscience creation, of society-making, the minute in the contexts of larger world; the piecing together of disparate elements, of social, cultural, economic, political fragments that shaped themselves into processes that made little villages and towns and a society and culture and beliefs and practices and women, and men, like Naipaul. It defined the place to which people like tim, as Walcott and others would return again and again and again to fed creative ingeniuity, and that, whether he was writing about India or Africa or the Islamic Front or the American South. So what was seen as an omission in his Nobel remarks, was no less than a deliberate act of chooking fire. But we have always been a society and a people who celebrate the inebriety that rhetoric masking and illusion affords, weaving it into our lifestyles that to attempt to tear it off would be like pulling off bits of our flesh, and sense of being, to get beyond skin deep. 
Even the attempts to hold up the antithesis of that, the celebration of self, as LiTTscapes does, without glossing over but placing in context the nihilism, the violence and criminality that are entrenched in the raison d etre of the place, meets with the same blinders.
Despite the outward rhetoric, as noted above, there was no sparing the ritualism of death as a final rite at the funeral of this so-called agnostic (another myth I have explored and exploded), as he is 'put out to sea' on the British greens. Apart from the disguised ritual of last rites, there was no small measure of sentimentality, too, and I am tempted to speculate that that too was by choice. Though Sir Vidia has so often been painted as impatient of the sentimental, but which my account of our encounter, and from some of the testimonies of other encounters I have read by others in tribute on his death, suggest otherwise.
The funeral service reportedly heard two pieces of music: The quintessential sentimental last wish made popular by Doris Day, Dream A Little Dream of Me sounds incongruous and like a jarring note of the portrait that has emerged of Naipaul’s way in the world, or is it? The reporter now folded into the comic irony the event conveys, becomes part of the heightened Naipaulian ironic humour, quoting the concluding whimsical notes of the song, Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you/Sweet dreams that leave all worries far behind you/But in your dreams whatever they be/Dream a little dream of me. To unravel that enigma one may need to go beyond the lyric.
The other musical rendition was The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. I link a rendition by the London Philharmonic here (The musical score by Williams is still not public-domain material in some jurisdictions.) This is a musical interpretation of the George Meredith 1881 paean - a triumphant lyrical poem. It is easy to see why this choice, as much of what is said of the sound of the skylark which the poem engages, He drops the silver chain of sound/Of many links without a break, could be said of Naipaul’s art, technique and aspirations and achievements as a writer as well: Where ripple ripple overcurls/And eddy into eddy whirls;/A press of hurried notes that run/So fleet they scarce are more than one:
(See image this page, the scores on Naipaul )
THE LARK ASCENDING
By George Meredith

He rises and begins to round,
He drops the silver chain of sound
Of many links without a break,
In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake,
All intervolved and spreading wide,
Like water-dimples down a tide
Where ripple ripple overcurls
And eddy into eddy whirls;
A press of hurried notes that run
So fleet they scarce are more than one,
Yet changeingly the trills repeat
And linger ringing while they fleet,
Sweet to the quick o' the ear, and dear

To her beyond the handmaid ear,
Who sits beside our inner springs,
Too often dry for this he brings,
Which seems the very jet of earth
At sight of sun, her music's mirth,
As up he wings the spiral stair,
A song of light, and pierces air
With fountain ardour, fountain play,
To reach the shining tops of day,
And drink in everything discerned
An ecstasy to music turned,
Impelled by what his happy bill
Disperses; drinking, showering still,
Unthinking save that he may give
His voice the outlet, there to live
Renewed in endless notes of glee,
So thirsty of his voice is he,
For all to hear and all to know
That he is joy, awake, aglow,

The tumult of the heart to hear
Through pureness filtered crystal-clear,
And know the pleasure sprinkled bright
By simple singing of delight,
Shrill, irreflective, unrestrained,
Rapt, ringing, on the jet sustained
Without a break, without a fall,
Sweet-silvery, sheer lyrical,
Perennial, quavering up the chord
Like myriad dews of sunny sward
That trembling into fulness shine,
And sparkle dropping argentine;
Such wooing as the ear receives
From zephyr caught in choric leaves
Of aspens when their chattering net
Is flushed to white with shivers wet;
And such the water-spirit's chime
On mountain heights in morning's prime,
Too freshly sweet to seem excess,

Too animate to need a stress;
But wider over many heads
The starry voice ascending spreads,
Awakening, as it waxes thin,
The best in us to him akin;
And every face to watch him raised,
Puts on the light of children praised,
So rich our human pleasure ripes
When sweetness on sincereness pipes,
Though nought be promised from the seas,
But only a soft-ruffling breeze
Sweep glittering on a still content,
Serenity in ravishment.
For singing till his heaven fills,




'Tis love of earth that he instils,
And ever winging up and up,
Our valley is his golden cup,
And he the wine which overflows

To lift us with him as he goes:
The woods and brooks, the sheep and kine
He is, the hills, the human line,
The meadows green, the fallows brown,
The dreams of labour in the town;
He sings the sap, the quickened veins,
The wedding song of sun and rains
He is, the dance of children, thanks
Of sowers, shout of primrose-banks,
And eye of violets while they breathe;
All these the circling song will wreathe,
And you shall hear the herb and tree,
The better heart of men shall see,
Shall feel celestially, as long
As you crave nothing save the song.
Was never voice of ours could say
Our inmost in the sweetest way,
Like yonder voice aloft, and link

All hearers in the song they drink:
Our wisdom speaks from failing blood,
Our passion is too full in flood,
We want the key of his wild note
Of truthful in a tuneful throat,
The song seraphically free
Of taint of personality,
So pure that it salutes the suns
The voice of one for millions,
In whom the millions rejoice
For giving their one spirit voice.

Yet men have we, whom we revere,
Now names, and men still housing here,
Whose lives, by many a battle-dint
Defaced, and grinding wheels on flint,
Yield substance, though they sing not, sweet
For song our highest heaven to greet:
Whom heavenly singing gives us new,

Enspheres them brilliant in our blue,
From firmest base to farthest leap,
Because their love of Earth is deep,
And they are warriors in accord
With life to serve and pass reward,
So touching purest and so heard
In the brain's reflex of yon bird:
Wherefore their soul in me, or mine,
Through self-forgetfulness divine,
In them, that song aloft maintains,
To fill the sky and thrill the plains
With showerings drawn from human stores,
As he to silence nearer soars,
Extends the world at wings and dome,
More spacious making more our home,
Till lost on his aerial rings
In light, and then the fancy sings.

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If he was returned to the place where his umbilical cord was buried – as would have been perhaps the wishes of his blood family here, who complained of being in the dark about his funeral arrangements - a traditional funeral in his home island would have been something of what he described of the last rites of his sister contained in The Enigma of Arrival. The alternative, more traditional version of that that is the described funeral of Mr Biswas’ ill-fated father, Raghu, whose death by drowning was owed to actions of his cursed son, ‘six-fingered, and born in the wrong way,’ and destined to ‘eat up his own mother and father,’  testimony to the cruel pronouncements of fate which are assigned to being born in inauspicious circumstances. To a grieving family reflecting on a brother that time and circumstance might have estranged, the similarities may not be immediately evident.
Had he died in and or was to be sent off in his birth island, Sir Vidia might have been dressed in his ‘finest dhoti, jacket and turban’ even - his description of Raghu’s attire. As I have argued, Naipaul’s absorption of his ritualistic upbringing, is reflected and nuanced subtly in the texture of his work, disguised and masked by the rhetoric, when the rhetoric itself is embedded in the ritualism and traditions, but that has been given less than superficial attention and largely, it seems, only when it could feed the fury and the furore about his histrionic rejections.
Much of that became clear when I considered his work in the contexts of the literary and oral traditions and the socio-cultural and political milieu from which he emerged when even those were still only in embryonic form in the island of his birth. The umbilical link, ritualistically distended in his attempts to distance himself from connections, from sentimentality, were never altogether severed, and are in fact, I believe, smack core and centre to the man and his writings.
That he has so often duped many into accepting otherwise was only part of his very successful mythmaking, using truth to turn it on itself, and so too remodel himself in the image of the mythical self to which he aspired. That he himself understood that in all its irony, I believe, prompted his acknowledgement of the value of Finding A Place to himself, as it unearthed and exposed some truths, one of which he identified as in its ‘ discovering much more about (my) father than I knew,’ and others, yet unspoken! But that in itself is only a part truth. While that is the value he identified in it, it is a value that is true of the entire society on which that study focused. It might have been about the traditional base of his father but only because it was about the ancestral people as Finding A Place was not a book about him, Naipaul, nor about his father, Seepersad, but about the social, political and cultural processes that shape the writer, the journalist, the thinkers of our place and time, the men and women who dreamt, envisioned and shaped out society and by extension our world.
In Naipaul's movements forward, the pull of India, Africa, the American South, the Islamic journeys, every turn to the North, South, East and West, and every way in the world, were all the pull and tug of the umbilical cord buried in the village upbringing in a small island for which there is ample evidence.
That the world has bought hook, line and sinker, the myth of the man, created by himself, is the final irony, the mock chuckle, the picong pelted up from his grave, the last laugh of a world that didn’t quite get that the joke’s on us.
Now past the sound and the fury that he has stirred in whirling whillying winds in more than two thirds of a century of poking public conscience, the closed funeral, in some respects may seem a disservice to the man who had been trying to flee the ignominy of his birth, and for the most part succeeded. Like the lark, (His)Our wisdom speaks from failing blood,/ (His)Our passion is too full in flood,/(He)We want the key of his wild note/Of truthful in a tuneful throat,/The song seraphically free/Of taint of personality,
Having claimed his portion of the earth, now cros’t the bar and Put out to sea, drawn from out the boundless deep, Sir Vidia S. Naipaul Turns again home.

PostNote: These scores from Sir Vidia S. Naipaul’s funeral would unfold through various forms as we explore the global connections in this declared Year of LiTTributes to the LaureaTTes. Join, collaborate, partner, subscribe and stay tuned. Next, an extract from my upcoming autobiography, Life! HoleHeartedly!
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