Who is Groucho Marx?

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I came across this name, Groucho Marx , on consecutive two days and started wondering who this person is.

Yesterday, as I was researching for my article, Have you heard this?, I read the introduction to the BooksTalk.in. Right at the beginning of the introduction to BooksTalk.in, on a page called booksTALK Basics, the author says,

To Groucho Marx, who said: ‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read’, we say,

Groucho, get an audiobook

I was intrigued by Groucho’s statement. That’s what a wisecrack is. You start saying something that sounds very normal and then suddenly you give it a twist that is completely unexpected.

On a more technical explanation, the great thinker and teacher of thinking, Edward de Bono says, Self-organizing systems set up patterns. Such patterns are usually asymmetric. This means that we normally go along the main track without even noticing the side track. But, if-somehow-we get across to the side track, the route becomes obvious in hindsight. This is the basis of both humour and creativity.

That’s exactly what Groucho did. As we were thing that books are best friends of men, he suddenly refers to the “inside of the dog”. Smile

I noted this name, Groucho Marx, to google sometime and find out more information about him. However, I came across another reference to him in an article I read today.

We always need clowns. In the current campaign that Anna Hazare and India Against Corruption are running, and Anna has staked his life for the cause, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, provided the comic relief. As per this article on Rediff, he made some atrocious statements. He said that Anna is communal, because he didn’t do a fast to protest the 2002 Gujrat riots. He said that the slogans that Anna movement is using like “Vande Mataram”, “Bharta mata ki jay”, are un-islamic, because they are about idol worship, which is against the tenets of Islam. What bull. Syed Ahmed Bukhari was squarely denounced by the Islamic clergy.

There was another article on Rediff, Why Imam Bukhari is SO Wrong, that talks about Imam Bukhari and his blabbering.  The article says

Well, first things first. The incumbent, Syed Ahmed Bukhari’s father Syed Abdullah Bukhari has always supported the government in power. He has a long history of backing the administration, whether it is VP Singh’s government, the BJP or the Congress.

These days the Congress is in power, so Imam Bukhari is supporting them by taking a stand against Anna Hazare.

His views are not based on religion, the Holy Book or even principles. All he cares about is maintaining his ever-dwindling power base.

His political stand can be summed up by the statement made by Groucho Marx: “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

So there he is again, Groucho Marx. Smile. This can’t be a coincidence, I must find out more about Groucho Marx. So I went to Wikipedia, and read about him. Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx (October 2, 1890– August 19, 1977) was an American comedian and film star famed as a master of wit. His rapid-fire delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers.

I read his biographical account. And read some of his quotes. There are also some videos on YouTube and I will see them when I get time.

Groucho’s biography on punoftheday.com ends with the following statement

A famous French witticism was “Je suis Marxiste, tendance Groucho”, meaning “I’m a Marxist of the Groucho variety”.

Looking at what I learnt today, I may also become a Marxist of the Groucho variety. Smile

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2 Responses to Who is Groucho Marx?

  1. Quite informative and humorous too.

    I have written a post on learning from Organizational Lecture-1 which talks about the quote of Edward de Bono that you have mentioned.

    Nevertheless nice post.

  2. ameya says:

    wait..seriously? you have never seen his movies? oh wow. now do yourself a favour and check out ducksoup or animal crackers the first chance you get. and after you see those, check out aadil’s blog article http://ghaatspaat.blogspot.com/2005/03/je-suis-marxiste-tendance-groucho.html

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