3 Mar

Looking for a needle in a haystack and finding the farmer’s daughter, instead… one of the finest definitions of Serendipity that I came across, ages ago.

Even more serendipitous was unearthing the origin of the word and its connection with Sri Lanka.
The Golden Teardrop

Apparently, the word was first used by Horace Walpole in the 18th century and derives its origin from Arabic as well as Sanskrit. The Arabic root is Sarandib; the Sanskrit one Simhaladvipa which means ‘dwelling-place-of-lions island’.

I’d like to believe it same from swarna-dweep or ‘golden island’ which the explorers of yore stumbled upon while looking for India and discovering an island rich in gems, spices and other natural treasure.

Sounds more romantic, if you know what I mean.


4 Responses to “Serendipity”

  1. Lazy Pineapple March 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    wow…never knew the origin of the word….this is great 🙂

  2. Moulee March 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Simhaladvipa is new to me. But as per Mahavamsa, Prince Vijaya’s grandfather was a lion. So the name makes sense.

  3. Dagny Taggart March 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Oh! Nice i did not know this 🙂

  4. Arvind Chugh March 5, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Its somehow similar to Luck by Chance !

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