मायकेल हेर- 'डिसप्याचेस' आणि 'अपोकलिप्स नाउ' वाले- वारले

'डिसप्याचेस', १९७७ या व्हिएतनाम युद्धावरील प्रसिद्ध पुस्तकाचे लेखक मायकेल हेर जुन २३ २०१६ ला वारले. 'अपोकलिप्स नाउ', १९७९ या अत्यन्त गाजलेल्या सिनेमाच्या जडणघडणीत सुद्धा त्यान्चा हात होता.

'डिसप्याचेस' मधील माझ्या अन्गावर आलेली काही वाक्ये:

“ I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you’ve never heard of it.”

“…if you were ever on a helicopter that had been hit by ground fire your deep, perpetual chopper anxiety was guaranteed. At least actual contact when it was happening would draw long raggedy strands of energy out of you, it was juicy, fast and refining, and traveling towards it was hollow, dry, cold and steady, it never let you alone. All you could was look around at the other people on board and see if they were as scared and numbed out as you were. If it looked like they weren’t you thought they were insane, if it looked like they were it made you feel a lot worse.”

“How many times did someone have to run in front of a machine gun before it became an act of cowardice?”

वाइट गोष्ट अशी कि अजुनही व्हिएतनाम मधे 'डिसप्याचेस' मधे वर्णन केलेल्या हिन्साचाराचे परिणाम बघायला मिळ्तात.

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“ I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you’ve never heard of it.”
फारच मर्मभेदी वाक्य
हे पुस्तक माहीत नाही या विषयी अजुन काही विस्ताराने सांगितलत बर होइल.
Bob Dylan च खालील गाणं आठवल.

"With God On Our Side"

Oh my name it is nothin'
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I's taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And the land that I live in
Has God on its side.

Oh the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh the country was young
With God on its side.

The Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
I's made to memorize
With guns on their hands
And God on their side.

The First World War, boys
It came and it went
The reason for fighting
I never did get
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead
When God's on your side.

When the Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And then we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side.

I've learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It's them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side.

But now we got weapons
Of the chemical dust
If fire them we're forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God's on your side.

In a many dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God's on our side
He'll stop the next war.

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Spring in the air (filled with love)
There's magic ev'rywhere
When you're young and in love

Dylan song is wonderful...did not know it...

Dispatches is probably the best book on Vietnam war. It is full of stuff like below:

"Talk about impersonating an identity, about locking into a role, about irony: I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you’ve never heard it. I went there behind the crude but serious belief that you had to be able to look at anything, serious because I acted on it and went, crude because I didn’t know, it took the war to teach it, that you were as responsible for everything you saw as you were for everything you did. The problem was that you didn’t always know what you were seeing until later, maybe years later, that a lot of it never made it in at all, it just stayed stored there in your eyes. Time and information, rock and roll, life itself, the information isn’t frozen, you are."

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"It was the middle of summer, I finally realized that, within me, monsoon was inextinguishable."