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Definition:  A blissful place imbued with delight and peace.

Pronunciation:  Shan-gri-la

Origin:  James Hilton, author of Lost Horizon, coined this word and used it in the year of 1937. Hilton described its etymology by parsing the word Shangri-la into Shang (a Tibetan district), ri (mountain) and la (pass). Amalgamating the three makes it Shang Mountain pass (Tibet). Many scholars believe that Shangri-La is Shambhala, a mythical kingdom in Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which was sought by Eastern and Western explorers.

Why this word?

Here is a yet another mellifluous word in the league of its dulcet synonyms viz. Elysian, utopia, ethereal and empyrean.  Any location or place that renders you with a halcyon and peace instilling atmosphere can be called as Shangri-la. Actually, we all have our own Shangri-las.

If you resort to a particular place which helps you in healing or soothing your incorporeal cicatrix, that place is your Shangri-la. While listening to your favorite song, you ambulate in the joyful world that that song creates- you are actually in your Shangri-la. Whatever alleviates your burden is your Shangri-la.

Rambling a bit and thinking about it in a different way, it can also be used as a beacon for suggesting exemplary conditions. Let us take an example.

Consider a Company that doesn’t have much work for computer engineers, yet they lavishly remunerate them.

Inference- That Company is a Shangri-la for Computer Engineers.

How to use Shangri-la in sentence?

Shangri-la is a place you love, a place which lifts your spirits to the pinnacle, and brings a smile on your face exterminating all the malefic thoughts.

“Look! Tracy is smiling at her sleep. She ought to be at her Shangri-la.”


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Written by Akshay Dashore

Akshay is a Civil engineer who, for his love of words, preferred words over engineering. He is an avid reader and a prolific writer.


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