Bubbles | بلبلے

Scientists say that when a thin sphere of liquid encloses air or another gas, it is called a ‘bubble’. Blowing bubbles has been and is a favorite pastime of many children home and abroad. It is also used by writers, historians, etc. to refer to a good or fortunate situation that is isolated from reality or unlikely to last. For example 1) “He/they seemed so happy, we couldn’t burst his/their bubble(s) so soon”; 2) “We both lived in a bubble”, the kind provided by occupying a privileged abode –a small house or apartment in a city that is owned or rented away from home or abroad”. In Urdu language –spoken mostly in South Asia –it is called بلبلے

Curated by Irshad Salim (June 2022)

Why don’t bubbles last? The water in bubbles (بلبلے) evaporates over time making the film thinner and thinner. Gravity pulls most of the water downward to the bottom of the bubble, and for this reason the film becomes thinner in the top part of the bubble than in the lower part.

How to Make a Longer Lasting Bubble Solution? To create a long lasting bubble (بلبلے) solution, you need to add moisture to the mix. This is achieved through the addition of glycerin, a natural moisturizer, to traditional soap-and-water solutions. If you’re looking to add a little bounce to your bubbles, try adding liquid sugar, or corn syrup.

World’s longest-lasting BUBBLE (بلبلے) maintained its shape for a record 465 days (16 calendar months) – 200,000 times longer than the soap varieties. More here.