I spent my new year in a hill station near my hometown in South India, in Coonoor with my wife, in a magical, misty(cal) place called Tea Nest (should have been Tea Mist). Absolutely wonderful. There are places and experiences that defy description, that all the synonyms in the Thesaurus can’t do justice to; like the Blue Grotto in Capri, an evening in Taormina, sipping mountain tea by the seaside in Mykonos, trekking up the volcanic incline in Santorini, and a stay at Tea Nest. Ineffable, if that’s the word I’m looking for (to paraphrase P.G.W) comes pretty close to describing it.
Funny how much time and effort we spend trying to come up with the right word when the very words fail to describe a beautiful experience. Great sages and saints have been recorded to observe silence when facing some of the most important questions about the life, the universe and the meaning of life. Not because they were at a loss for words but because they knew the limitations of words. Yet, a clever turn of phrase here, a tongue in cheek pun there, makes most writers giddy with a sense of achievement. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, to quote Seinfeld out of context, for if we don’t know our own worth and indulge in a bit of self-congratulation, who will? But at the same time, we should keep in mind the limitation of words as well as their power. Wish you a happy new beginning again, and hope success finds us this year, however you define it.