Friday, November 28, 2008


I really like the various languages of this world. Not that I know too many-just a handful. But still I have always been more fascinated by words than pictures.
Even while choosing greeting cards I first look at the wordings rather than the pictures. A beautiful description of a dress or a delicious dessert attracts me more than a photo of the same would. Why? Maybe my mind adds some personal touches and imagines it more vividly and customizes according to what I want to see?!?
After all most times in life we really see only what we want to see isn’t it?
And agreed that there are zillions of words floating around in this world- half of which we are not even aware of! Words can heal or steal, they can create joy and laughter as well as sadness and sorrow, they can make or break, they have the power to shatter and destroy or the power to create and change. Some of the words that were spoken to you or by you could stay with you forever.

But for some time now I have been wondering....
Are there enough words in any language to describe everything?
Can every emotion that a person feels be captured in a word? Or can the meaning of a look or a sigh or a touch be conveyed through just words however articulate a person might be? Or for that matter are there words to name every relationship that we ever share in our lives?
There are words which might come close to describing some of the above but can a word ever really capture them truly and fully? I doubt it.

Maybe that’s why, sometimes when we so want to express something we are at a loss for words.
Maybe that’s why some of the most memorable and best moments of our lives are those spent in silence.
In articulate, meaningful, throbbing, vibrant and lively silence.


  1. well said.. yes .. no combination of words frmm any language ..whatsoever.. can express all the articulate feelings that one may really have... poets/writers do try to bring that out but its only the imagination of human being that just interprets it the way they understand..or rather ..comprehend..

  2. There are hundreds of languages spoken in world, in fact some languages are facing extinction.Even Sanskrit is facing the problem ,people are reluctant to use the Sanskrit in daily life ,even if they know it.we can say Sanskrit is the mother of all Indian languages.The question is adaptability,which is the key for survival of any languages.

  3. @Ravi: Agree with u that there are loads of languages around. But one can't expect people to simply keep on learning new languages . As long as the purpose of communication is served, in my opinion, that should do. As you have said, languages (as everything else, in fact) need to evolve to survive.


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