Behind every language lie narratives of migration and human experience. We unearth connections within a word and wonder—what is the story here? These questions emerge when we find that Sanskrit words like bhaasa, for ‘language’, is also found in the Malay/Bahasa Indonesian word bahasa—and realise that language is more than just a device for communication. It holds a powerful anecdote of cultures and movements that can show us how we are more connected than we think, and result in a strong sense of belonging.
Liani is a freelance writer/scriptwriter whose works span areas of culture, history and language. When she is not wrestling with words, she enjoys wandering into nature, and the equally hypnotic worlds of art, film, gamelan and capoeira.