I love this more than any article you’ve written! Perhaps because I’m a fellow lover of languages and have been grappling with my own off and on love affair with learning one or two of them. You’ve put your emotions into words really well in this one. I could almost feel tangibly each sentiment! Mastering one of the four languages (Urdu included) I’ve been picking up and leaving, over and over again, is one of my year-goals. I derive abundant, abundant, pleasure from learning a language! Now I need the discipline to pursue it systematically.
Also going to pick up Lahiri’s new book. Although I’m not as big a fan of hers as you are, she’s definitely one of my favourites.
This once again is my favourite article and I hope to read more stuff like this! :)