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  • Writer's pictureDev Mallangada

Unspoken Thoughts: Exploring Silence and Human Connection

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n 2012, I embarked on a solo motorcycle journey through Nepal, driven by a quest to explore my inner self. As I roamed through this beautiful country, my travels led me to a place called Chitwan. I decided to check into a local hotel and, later in the day, made my way to a vantage point to witness the sunset. The sun's golden hues painted the sky in a absorbing display, casting a warm, enchanting glow on everything it touched. Among the sights before me, I noticed a cluster of boats moored along the river's edge.


However, what truly caught my attention were an elderly man and woman seated some distance away, a husband and wife, it seemed. They sat in near silence, their backs turned to the setting sun. There were no exchanged words, no discernible conversation; just a tranquil stillness enveloped them. In that moment, I stood there, pondering the significance of their silence. I wondered why they chose not to converse, seemingly lost in their own worlds of contemplation.


It occurred to me that this silent interlude wasn't unique to them alone. At times, we all find ourselves in similar situations, even when we're in the company of others. The flow of words ceases, and an unspoken quiet settles in. This happens because our minds are incredibly active. They serve as a backdrop for an uninterrupted flow of thoughts, with each one giving rise to another, frequently forming a pattern of unusual and elusive contemplations.


So, when we're with someone, like the elderly couple by the river, our minds can be so engrossed in thought that we forget to speak. Sometimes, the thoughts are too personal or profound to be easily shared. This silence allows us to reflect on our own ideas and emotions. These instances of silence, whether they bring people together or set them apart, uncover the deep complexities of human thought and the enigmas that connect us in our collective human journey.

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