To Be or Not To Be

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott.
...........hmmm....that more or less describes my situation !!

~A Wise Man Said~

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotle

Monday, April 19, 2004
Have just been to Goa (A friend of mine is relocating, and she wanted to have a nice good time with us before parting). This is the first time I went there, and must say it's heavenly. Am naturally fond of beaches and to live in a land of beaches for three full days was like a dream! I could have gone on and on about its beauties but am sure I wouldn't be able to do even half justice...

One of the pleasant surprises that hit me as soon as I landed there was the language. In my own native place, my native tongue Konkani is spoken only in specific communities (Kannada and Tulu being the dominant languages in the state). But in Goa, there was Konkani all around. Funny how one's own language makes one feel at home!

Talking about languages, I have always wondered why it is that we "think" in a language. It is common to hear people say that one is most comfortable with the language one thinks in. But why do we think in a language in the first place?

If we speak in a language, it is so that we can communicate with others but do we need a "language" to communicate with ourselves? Don't know...

I have wanted to catch myself thinking so that I can pin down if I was or wasn’t actually thinking in a language, but either I become very conscious of my design and cannot think naturally, or I belatedly try to remember the thinking process and can't be sure about anything.