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Uisge beatha

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Life is an acquired taste.

There are times when it is unpalatable. Just suck it up, and learn to enjoy it. Eventually you (me) acquire a taste for it. Like single malt Scotch whisky, perhaps?

Uisge beatha, n: Gaelic
Water of Life.The original name given to that Golden nectar by the Celts Of Scotland,Β  also known as whisky, never whiskey.

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  1. Mansi
    September 15, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I like the analogy, though I don’t quite agree with you. If life does get unpalatable…instead of sucking it up, you should do something about it.

    Oh…and I didn’t understand the song. The lyrics are so complicated!

    • September 15, 2009 at 11:57 am

      “you should do something about it”
      Agree, but there are times when you can’t. Also, I’m not advocating wallowing in self-pity πŸ™‚ I am all for putting in efforts towards improving one’s condition, what I don’t want to do is whine about it, hence the “suck it up” part!

      The song is quite simple I think, but since you speak H’bad Hindi you may not get it πŸ˜‰

      My favorite line:
      “Barbaadiyon ka shokh manaana fizool tha, barbadiyon ka jashn manaata chala gaya”
      It was useless to whine about failures, so I decided to enjoy them instead.

  2. September 15, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Love the song.
    Life has so many flavors, which one we want to taste and stick to, depends on us.

    It could be even as simple as take a taste of everything that comes our way, and not requiring to stick to the rules or the standard flavors. Sometimes the non-standard flavor is ever so addictive that one cant just get over it, eh?
    Isnt that the beauty of life? The real essence of non-standardness, a surprise so beautiful and striking? This might just be the “suck-it-up” part because its so unpredictable at times, not in our control, that we learn to take it in our stride, making it a part of our life.

    Like you essentially point out that it might turn unpalatable sometime, but with the right spirit, maybe that not-so-tasty flavor could be just as tasty. That kind of roles up with the part in the song where he sings that there is a this place where there is no difference between happiness and unhappiness and one needs to try and get there atleast in the heart if not physically.

    • September 16, 2009 at 12:23 am

      “It could be even as simple as take a taste of everything that comes our way, and not requiring to stick to the rules or the standard flavors.”

      That is going to be my earnest endeavor!

  3. September 17, 2009 at 7:11 am

    I can never decide if this is an optimistic song or a cynical one..is going along with life a good thing? isnt that what u’re supposed to do, as against resisting fate, rebelling against it?

    But life is stubborn, no? Maybe it is an acquired taste..I think absinthe more like tho’..it really makes the whisky look (taste) like water..so i hear! πŸ™‚

    • September 17, 2009 at 10:30 am

      absinthe is not that different from sambuka for example. It has a strong sweet taste, so tastewise it does beat whiskey (imo). But alcoholwise, it is not easy to tell the difference in strength

      • September 17, 2009 at 11:03 am


        I’ve never tried sambuka, so don’t know!

        But I find absinthe too sweet to enjoy. I would drink it only if I wanted to meet the green fairy πŸ™‚

    • September 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

      Real absinthe contains wormwood oil, which is allegedly hallucinogenic. That will certainly make whisky look like water (ask Van Gogh ), but the strong variety is illegal and not easily obtained.

      Tastewise however, absinthe is like liquid saunff (badishep in Marathi).

      • September 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

        “liquid saunff” — that is what sambuka is, fermented saunff

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