[INDOLOGY] corona deaths

Uskokov, Aleksandar aleksandar.uskokov at yale.edu
Fri May 1 10:11:08 EDT 2020

Dear all,

I very much sympathize with Joanna's message, perhaps because of similar cultural conditioning. I found the verses here a welcome distraction. One easy way would be a Facebook group for accomplished and aspiring Sanskrit poets, if someone wants to set it up.

Best wishes,

Aleksandar Uskokov

Lector in Sanskrit

South Asian Studies Council, Yale University

203-432-1972 | aleksandar.uskokov at yale.edu

From: INDOLOGY <indology-bounces at list.indology.info> on behalf of Joanna Jurewicz via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 10:01 AM
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Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] corona deaths

Dear All,

I am a great fan of the corona-verses, but, of course, understand the problem raised by prof. Tikken.

I am Polish and in my country sudden death caused e.g. by various enemies (like Germans and Russians during the II WW) or by our compatriots (like during Stalin's time, or during the martial law in 1981-84) was a normal event and in my country, the more dangerous situation is, the more jokes are created. I cannot imagine a difficult life without jokes. Now, our political situation is also very dark (one man self-burnt in protest two years ago), and I don't know how I could endure it without jokes, memes, funny songs and videos. I think that such jokes do not derogate death, but they are a sure way to survive even the most difficult situations.

So I would very appreciate the newsletter or any other kind of distribution of corona-jokes if anyone would like to.

Regards and best wishes,



Prof. dr hab. Joanna Jurewicz

Katedra Azji Południowej /Chair of South Asia

Wydział Orientalistyczny / Faculty of Oriental Studies

Uniwersytet Warszawski /University of Warsaw

ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28

00-927 Warszawa , Poland

Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages

College of Human Sciences


Pretoria, RSA

Member of Academia Europaea


pt., 1 maj 2020 o 15:50 Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> napisał(a):
Dear Herman,
     I appreciate your message and your feelings.  For me, the situation around me in the US with 60,000 dead, a million infected and the daily numbers increasing by several thousand, is so depressing that if we do not find some distraction, we will lose our mind.  I have already stopped watching the news on TV, and each time I open the newspaper, it is only with great trepidation. Without a distraction, we are continuously living in hell.  I mean no disrespect to our colleagues and family friends who are suffering and dying.  My Sanskrit verses help me retain some of my sanity in an insane world. In any case,  I completely respect the reactions from you and some other colleagues and will stop posting my verses on this topic. With best regards,


Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Fri, May 1, 2020 at 12:14 AM Tieken, H.J.H. via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:

Dear List members,
At the risk of being a spoilsport, personally I do not find the "a distraction from the Coronavirus" mails, in which we try to outdo one another like poets in a kavisamāja, appropriate any longer, now that colleagues are actually dying of the virus.

Herman Tieken
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