“privacy”

One conversation that stuck with me last night was about the notion of privacy. We were talking about blogging. I said something about trying to dispel the fiction of a separation between one’s personal and professional life; and Olga said she couldn’t think of a commonly-used word in Russian that means the same thing as “private” or “privacy”. She could describe or explain it, but there’s no particular word for it (unless one goes way back into archaic (?) language use). Sreela then said the same thing, of the three (or was it 15?!) Indian languages that she knows, none of them have a specific term for the concept, even though it is explainable. Wild, huh? 🙂

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