When we can’t bear to look at the object of our desire straight-on, a metaphor becomes necessary. Over at The Toast, Iona Sharma throws herself into the study of Gaelic, contemplating its beauty and its dwindling use as she unpacks her complicated relationship with Hindi:
Here’s how the story is supposed to end. That because I went in search of another colonised language, my own comes easier to me; that what was lost can be found. But that’s not how it goes.