We want to be alone but we don’t want to go to the Himalayas to be alone. In the valley of silence, there is no family, no colleague; only thoughts chatter ever more loudly. How can one quieten the noise within? Complete destruction of consciousness gives rise to complete silence. Obviously, no one would wish to achieve that. Outer noise disturbs our inner silence. But in the absence of outer noise, there is no guarantee that our inner noises will recede. Our mental lives are pervaded, to a remarkable degree, by the non-present. To calm inner noises, we often take the help of ‘outer noises’, such as listening to good music or reading a good book.