# Day 298 (Some things are just unsayable…)

It’s a verse from an old Hindi-film song sung by playback singer Mukesh ~
‘…tujhko dekha hai meri nazron ne
teri tareef ho magar kaise
ke bane ye nazar zubaan kaise
ke bane ye zubaan nazar kaise
na zubaan ko dikhayi deta hai,
na nigahon se baat hoti hai…’
To translate the verse, where a besotted lover seeks to describe the beauty of his beloved,~ he says that his eyes can behold her loveliness but he remains at a loss for words to praise her with. How can his eyes take on the role of his tongue and speak, or his tongue become his eyes and see, and therein lies his dilemma!
(Just as an aside, the song is from a 1970 film ‘My Love’, where Shashi Kapoor croons this romantic melody for Sharmila Tagore!)
The words came to my mind during a discussion which somehow veered towards analysing the limits of language. Someone was praising a book, “Unsayable: The hidden language of Trauma”, and so we came to the conclusion that certain life-occurrences cannot be articulated in words and “encounters with what exceeds speech is actually a crucial philosophical issue.”
It’s something most of us come to believe in eventually~ not all that you see, feel or experience can be put into words. So where does that leave the unsayable? That word itself is rarely used in our everyday speech, the more commonly used one being ‘unspeakable’. A great quote on that from that Bohemian German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke ~
“Things aren’t all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered…and more unsayable than all things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures beside our own small, transitory life…”
(from ‘Letters to a Young Poet’)


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