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Noun. December 2, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

Glimpse. A lovely, lilting word in Hindi that evokes the ephemeral nature of things that startle you with their beauty.

Usage

"A jhalak. That's all I ask. Like the moon behind the clouds, like the dewdrop on a rosebud, appear if only to disappear, and I shall die a happy man." (Thoughts of a youth--raised on a substantial diet of nostalgic Hindi film songs-- waiting for his first-love's fleeting visage in the window of a crowded city bus).
Added 2011-10-11 by oldathai