Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

Mediocribus esse poetis

Non homines, non di, non concessere columnae.

[Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets being second rate. ]


That was the Roman poet Horace (Quintas Horatius Flaccus) in his Ars Poetica.

That reminded me of the 80’s lazy afternoons when we used to be students. A lazy afternoon then meant a seemingly interminable stroll on the footpaths of Calcutta’s College Street, visiting the second-hand bookshops with hopes to discover hidden gems at a bargain. Yes, those old booksellers, who would not tolerate mediocrity in poets!

colour pencil sketch

Colored Pencil Guide

And dropping by the Coffee House for endless adda (chat) sessions over innumerable cups of coffee.

colour pencil sketch

Urban Watercolor Sketching