Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Awaiting The Aftertaste

Have you ever tasted the best candy ever, or maybe just any of your favourite foods, and you love it so much that you chew it, so slowly, sucking the little bits of it, so that it takes just a little longer to be digested in your mouth - just because you want the taste to last forever? And it just gives you such sorrow that regardless of how slow you intend to digest it to let the moment last, that tasty treat will inevitably dissolve into millions of tiny bits that enter your digestive tract, gone. Just after a few seconds, the zest dissipated almost delibrately, and what's left is just your empty mouth. It was merely a temporary sapidity.

Nothing lasts forever, not even the strongest taste, and this December seems to be just like that. Perhaps a little like the ampersand - "&".

After my unproductive post-prandial lament with my twin about finishing the last spoonful of ice cream, I scoured The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows to identify the perfect description of this feeling - the feeling of enjoying the last essence of a taste, something like savouring the small bit of ice cream but finally losing it again.

So after scrolling and browsing through countless of words and descriptions of irrelevant desires and moments, I finally found the perfect word.

kairosclerosis n. the moment you realise that you're currently happy - consciously trying to savour the feeling - which prompts your intellect to identify it, pick it apart and put it in context, where it will slowly dissolve until it's a little more than an after taste.

I was doubtful that I could ever find a word, and in fact the word I found puts my situation in a more complex manner than I initially thought. It's not just about savouring the last bit of food/drink - it's about the savouring the satisfaction/happiness that comes with it.

December is a month celebration, whether it is due to the ever-so comforting abatement of examinations or just looking forward to the year-end holidays to spend with loved ones. It's a month of reflection and deliberate self-blandishment - to comfort the soul that what you did this year was right and that everything happened for a reason. We look past regrets because we accept that it is too late to return and we move on to celebrate the good times left.

Apologies for this lengthy post.  I just wanted to say that the mixtape was actually about savouring the last (hundred) hours of the year.

Until next time! 

Lettering by me, Photo by me 


  1. Whether it's the taste of the candy or anything else for that matter, not all of it lasts forever. We should savour it or enjoy the time we have now or until something lasts. There will always be even better and good things to look forward to. Great post! :)

    -Kathie K

  2. love your writing and calligraphic skills girlie x

    Noor's Place

  3. Hi!
    Wow..this post is really interesting, who knew there was such a word you just added another word to my and alot of other people's vocabulary..love that photograph..wish I could write like that :)
    Also your blog design is so beautiful!You have a twin sister?that is so cool :D

    PS - Thanks for stopping by my blog :) ans Yes I read comics alot of them actually..since finding American Comics are next to impossible in Indian Book stores I have to download digital issues and I'm proud to say I have a little over 100 GB's of comics DC and Marvel...your sister is right Ms.Marvel is kind of brilliant...although Spider-Man is my favourite from Marvel...Batman from DC I'm a crazy Batman fan (No, not crazy enough to go on online chatrooms and argue about stupid things with other comic readers :P)You should totally watch Captain America 2 if you've been following all the Marvel movies..it is kind of important in the continuity :)

    Love your blog :D

    Neal Kind
    Daily Diaries

    1. Thanks, Neal! :) I don't mean to burst your bubble, but the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is actually fictional, and so is that word. It's written by a man - John Koenig.The dictionary is a compilation of words that take language to a more profound level. It's meant to give an even greater appreciation for the world that we live in and life. :) You can check out more about the dictionary here. I wished these words were real though. It'd be great. :)

      I only occasionally read Ms Marvel when my sister is reading it, I've never actually read other comics before. I'll definitely be watching Captain America soon too. :)

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

    2. but but that word is so cool :O :O :P
      PS - thank you I actually believed such a word exists. :)

  4. Excellent post, D! Now.. when shall we have another scoop of ice cream? ;)

  5. This is such a beautiful post! I can completely relate to it. (Terry's chocolate orange anyone?)
    Did you draw that graphic yourself? It is so pretty ^_^
    I love learning new words but I just have no idea how to pronounce that one :L
    Marian ^_^

    1. Hi Marian! Thanks! :) I've never heard of Terry's Chocolate Orange but I Googled it and it looks really mouth-watering! And yes, I drew that graphic. I do some lettering work and I put it up here.:)

      I love learning new words too! :) But it's a shame that this word is / may not be real. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is fictional, written by John Koenig. It's meant to take language to a more profound level. You can check more about the dictionary here. :) Honestly, I have no idea how to pronounce it either, but Koenig did explain that the words in the dictionary don't have a specific pronunciation. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Marian! :)