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The British Council just completed a survey of the 70 most beautiful words in English according to a survey of 7000 English learners in 46 countries. Since so many of us are Hindi learners, I thought it'd be fun to do the same for Hindi. Here are my contributions -- chosen not for their meaning, but for their sound: 1. silsilaa (continuation) 2. saawariya (beloved) 3. rishtaa (relationship) 4. khwaahish (desire) 5. irshyaa (jealousy) 6. aasmaan (sky) 7. laalimaa (poet) 8. laasna (to shine) 9. maalika (mistress, owner, ruler) 10. sama.ndar (ocean) 11. shaaswat (eternal, immortal) 12. asuvidha (inconvenience) 13. resham (silk) 14. jhilmilaa (shimmering) 15. iimaan (belief, creed) 16. vaastavikta (reality) 17. saavan (rain) 18. baarish (rain) 19. loha (iron, steel) 20. jhaa.njharii (sound of an anklet)
What a beautiful list!
To me, both for its sound and meaning, I'd choose "Rangeelaa" (रंगीला ).