My fortieth post, this. I've certainly come a long way now. And being such a good occasion, I'm going to write down a small poem, something I haven't done in a quite a while sometime. Don't worry it's just four lines long, not like those 20 stanza behemoths. All in honour of the most succinct and hardest to translate word as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Taken from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, somewhere in South America, Mamihlapinatapai is defined as "look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start."

Or maybe something like "eye contact implying ‘after you…’"

One thing I really like about Wikipedia is how one article leads to another. I started with 'Palliative Care' and this is how it went -
Palliative Care > Morphine > Addiction > Cold Turkey > Barbiturate > Nazi Germany > Johann Dick > Dick Tracy > Comic Strip > Comics > Asterix and Obelix > English translations of Asterix > Anthea Bell > Translation > Lexical gap > Untranslatability > Mamihlapinatapai.


A better explanation of this, courtesy XKCD -

Well now back to the poem. This same term (mamihlapinatapai) can be used to describe the state of affairs for a number of different situations. Say a Cold War. Or a just before a melee begins and the opponents are cautiously moving around in a circle. But what sprang into my mind just as I read the article was Love. So I chose Love over Hate, like Rahman; Heck before I even know it, I'll have an Oscar or two in my kitty.

Finally after so many digressions, here it is -


In a flurry of movement, we caught each others eyes
And before we could turn our gazes,
We caught the shadows of smiles too.
Life never ceased to amaze us.

There it is, hope you like it. :D

PS - Readers have given a positive feedback to the template, giving no unfavourable votes. Thus it stays. It's not like I was going to change it anyway.

PPS - Someone had complained that the text for the posts is too small to read. Here's a neat little trick my brother told me about - open the webpage and press the [control] and [+/=] buttons together. (Pardon me all you High Priests of tech and internet if you don't find it neat. A revelation, surely, for me - first time I tried, I went like 'Wow! The internet does that!?')


Byrne said...

Mamihlapinatapai. I love it

Anirudh Garg said...

[cntrl] + [+] thing is gooood...seen it for da first time

Espèra said...

Here's another trick: Press Ctrl and scroll up and down.


Quicksilver said...

Byrne -
It would be madness to think that you are who I hope you are.
who is it, by the way?

Anirudh -
I figured you already knew about that. How's the Mamihlapinatapai?

Espera -
But that needs two hands, one for the keyboard and one on the mouse.
Ergonomics, baby. Totally defies it.

VibrantSoul said...

I like the way the word sounds when you say it (though I hope I'm saying it the right way :P )

Anirudh Garg said...

@espera and qs
its da same :|

da wiki connecting thing is pretty leads from sumthing to sum-very opposite-thing

and really sry i 4got to mention....REALLY mast poem....short adn sweet :)

Asneel said...

Ha Ha Byrne didn't fool you! I'm sorry but it was too good to resist. but I do love it. It's rather neat.

Espèra said...

Oh well. I still use the mouse to scroll, so it works for me.
Cuz then I don't have to bother with getting my hand down to the keyboard.

Quicksilver said...

VibrantSoul -
You're right. it does have a flowing quality to it. Sorta rolls on the tongue :D

Anirudh -
Thanks. a very 'whole' and all-encompassing comment, after a little prodding =]

Asneel -
Not cool. Definitely not cool.

Espera -
Oh I dunno. The other way's more convenient for me.

Anirudh Garg said...


ppl often complain dat i 4get to comment on da value it a pic or a post

Espèra said...

Aaargh. Why do I get a pageful of code when your blog loads?
I can't see the poll anymore either.

Anirudh Garg said...

same here

Quicksilver said...

Espera and Ani -

I dunno. Maybe because the poll's closed now.

Espèra said...

So how does that explain the code?