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Jul. 1st, 2007 | 08:00 pm
location: the living room diwan
mood: contentcontent
music: the voices in my head

It begins with the golden glow of the last few minutes of a summer sunset...and ends with the slow night breeze carrying jasmine blossoms in her breath..Thats probably how I would desribe my first perfume blend!And so I thought I'd call it Saanjh which is dusk in Hindi.

I made just 5 ml of it and have left it to age and can't wait to start wearing it..I wouldnt say jasmine is my favourite note in pefumes...but I kind of like what I have blended.

It reminds me of Gulzar's beautiful lyrics:

"Lab hile tho moghre ke phool khilte hain kahin
Aapki aankhon mein kya saahil bhi milte hain kahin"

which when translated:

"A slight movement of your lips and
jasmine flowers begin to bloom somewhere
In your eyes, do
shorelines also meet somewhere?"

That was the best I could do at translating...and it sounds soo much better and more beautiful in Hindi..oh well! I almost feel that Urdu and Hindi seem somehow more 'built' for romantic poetry...what sounds beautiful in Urdu/Hindi is at at such a risk of sounding oh so corny in English..I wonder if its more a culture than a language thing...

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Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ

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from: shveta_thakrar
date: Jul. 2nd, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
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Chutki!!! Yay! This is such good news!

The translation is lovely, too. I like the description of the perfume, as well. We must chat about it. . .

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drriftwood

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from: drriftwood
date: Jul. 2nd, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
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I am glad you liked the translation...
Re:the blend-its so tempting to keep adding something and tweaking it, but I am trying to let it be...(it seems too jasminey right now)

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AngelinaContessaLouisa FrancescaBananaFanaBoBesca3

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from: golden_meliades
date: Jul. 11th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
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I saw drriftwood on my 'friend of' list and checked it out. Thought it was you at first, but it'd be weird if you were talking to yourself using your LJ aliases ;) THEN I remembered you mentioned something about this journal...

*curses sturdy-as-chiffon memory*

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Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ

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from: shveta_thakrar
date: Jul. 11th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
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Hee, hee. I hope I'm never loony enough to talk to myself online. In person, maybe. Online, no.

I'm glad you got to "meet" driftie, though. She's great. :) My perfume buddy!

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Hardluck Hollow

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from: rumdiculous
date: Jul. 2nd, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
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Much is left out in translation. Sometimes I think that English isn't a very attractive language at all.

Sounds like a lovely perfume of dusk.

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drriftwood

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from: drriftwood
date: Jul. 2nd, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
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Yes sometimes...but then(thankfully) there are the other times...:)

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AngelinaContessaLouisa FrancescaBananaFanaBoBesca3

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from: golden_meliades
date: Jul. 11th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
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I love English...I find it a very *powerful* language. French may be pretty (the only other language I know at all) but it doesn't have the power and the emotions are all soft. :) I LOVE English, in other words...lol ;) But I always have.

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drriftwood

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from: drriftwood
date: Jul. 11th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Hii!!..I *love* and have always loved English too - it is the language that I 'think in' and ( therefore) the only one which allows me the freedom and power to create (beautiful thoughts and the like). However, I am beginning to appreciate the beauty of the many Indian languages I know and wishing that I knew them better, so I could write in them- would each language provide different vents? I almost feel as if I would be able to write/feel different things/thoughts in different languages...(I am not sure if that made any sense..) ...

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AngelinaContessaLouisa FrancescaBananaFanaBoBesca3

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from: golden_meliades
date: Jul. 12th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
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Hi. :)

I think English is the most powerful language in the world. Not the most beautiful/lyrical? Okay, maybe. But it's up to the individual writer to MAKE it beautiful, which is highly possible to do.

If I was going to learn another language it would be Irish Gaelic. It is insanely pronounced if you try to go by spelling but the resulting accent is just so fabulous...and it sounds so ancient and mythological and all that. :)

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Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ

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from: shveta_thakrar
date: Jul. 13th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Powerful because it's spread so far? After all, there are a lot of languages out there, some of whose names most of us don't even know. So I assume you mean powerful by virtue of its reach.

But it's up to the individual writer to MAKE it beautiful, which is highly possible to do.

You are right. What fascinates me about language is how it can either be crude and rough, simply boring, or lush and rich. I wish I knew many, many languages so that I could appreciate its literature/oral traditions. All the many ways in which words craft, limit, and expand thoughts are just so cool.

If I was going to learn another language it would be Irish Gaelic.

Would you ever start learning Gaelic? It would fit you so well! I bought a friend a learn-Gaelic book once. . .I wish I had saved it for you, heh, heh.

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AngelinaContessaLouisa FrancescaBananaFanaBoBesca3

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from: golden_meliades
date: Jul. 13th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
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No actually, I mean powerful in the sense of how very flexible it is, how strongly you can get your point/feeling across with it, most so, I feel, than most languages. (The only one I can compare to directly is French but I find French a very wimpy language that has such a roundabout way of tackling things that it looses a lot of the passion. It's pretty like a star but not wild and hot like a fire.)

Just my personal opinion. Like I said...I LOVE English and always have...I find it weird when other people say everything looks better in a romance language. The only reason I'd agree with that is because you then don't know what it means and therefore the words aren't bald, they aren't fixed...they float like a dream rather than shout right in your face. But what they actually *mean* is no prettier.

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drriftwood

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from: drriftwood
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
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I find it weird when other people say everything looks better in a romance language.

Some things(and metaphors) do lend themselves better to some languages, but that may be less due to the language itself and more because of the culture the language reflects...

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AngelinaContessaLouisa FrancescaBananaFanaBoBesca3

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from: golden_meliades
date: Jul. 13th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
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No, I wouldn't learn another language. It's wishful thinking...I hate the process of learning a new language. Like, really hate it...I find it tedious and boring. It's something I would love if I could just snap my fingers and KNOW another language but to actually have to go through the work to get there? No way. :)

I can say 'I want some lunch' in Irish though...but it's a boring phrase. Phonetically I believe it is 'Bah-wah-lum loan.' I could not begin to remember how it's actually spelled. :)

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Hardluck Hollow

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from: rumdiculous
date: Jul. 11th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
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It's just the way English can be abused that bothers me. (Listen to any modern rap song for a perfect example. Bleh.)

I don't really like French all that much. It's too...flowey.

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