Saturday, 21 May 2011

We live only to discover beauty

"We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting"- Kahlil Gibran.

What is real beauty to you? This is one great topic to kill for, a whopping prize money on the cards and a featuring in Yahoo! Real Beauty. Two days i sit, raking my brains and brawns trying to conclude what does real beauty mean to me. The more i ponder on, greater is my confusion.We have read " A thing of beauty is a joy forever" somewhere in my upper primary. My English Teacher who taught this quote was a real beauty and i wondered if she would be teaching us forever. Thankfully, no! My childhood thoughts of beauty were limited to Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai- the two rivaling and reveling beauty queens.

Man...i sat glued to the TV sets watching the beauty paegents and it was then that i really took interest in beauty and the beauties- i was a beast till then! My favorite quote that time, was by Jean Kerr- "I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want--an adorable pancreas?"  Adorable pancreas? Ewwwwww! Doesn't sound or look appealing either. As i grew up, Aishwarya and Sushmita aged, grew crows feet and tell-tale wrinkles. Of course, i am still beautiful- aged wine, you see! I saw the inner beauty in Sushmita when she adopted Renee and then Alisah. Beauty with brains and a heart- indeed. 

-And as for the handsome gentlemen- beauty always lay in their wallets, rather than complexion or physique. Super Star Rajnikant would not have made it even to Sudarmani innerwear ad, if not for his signature style. Tall, dark and handsome is what i thought in my teens of beautiful men. And when i see my successors craving for six pack abs, i cannot but laugh my silly head off. Six pack never matters guys, what matters is the six figure pay pack! Would girls swoon on a penniless hunk or a man with money and character? The choice would be the latter of course. 

Now the quagmire of beauty and brains- to succeed, both must complement each other. This i learnt after 33 years in this world- too long a time. Real beauty is the beauty that radiates from within and shows in your outward poise and peace. I must quote Elizabeth Kubler- Ross here- "People are like stained glass windows -- the true beauty can be seen only when there is light from within. The darker the night, the brighter the windows". Now i know beauty emanates form the heart and lights up the face. I find beauty in the sweat filled hugs of my grandmother. Her wrinkles tell more tales than a painting. I can see the beauty of the blind beggar who returned my misplaced purse. I can feel the beauty of my dead Mother every time i smell her wardrobe. Look at the pictures below. Are these people not beautiful?
Mother Teresa
Should i elaborate more on this Beauty?
Pulluseri Chinnapillai- Kalanjiyam Trust
Called the Negotiator, this illiterate poor woman started Kalanjiyam Trust
that is a pioneer for SHGs in TamilNadu
Activists Arundhati Roy and Medha Patkar- Activists of Small People!

Krishnammal and Shankaralingam Jagannathan-  Gandhian Activists and  Sarvodaya Leaders,
I am glad i discovered real beauty. When will the World find it?

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  1. dats nice!
    also i think starlets n blinding smiles r jus so plastic these days. beyond a point, i feel they all look more or less d same :o

  2. First, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

    The media had stereotyped what beauty ought to be: SLIM, FLAWLESS SKIN, FINE FACIAL STRUCTURE, DRESSED TO THE TOPS!

    About beauty pageants, so much goes into it like...cosmetic surgery.

  3. I hope you are taking part in the contest.Wish you all the best.One lakh is no meam prize!!!
    I liked your postI will post one this subject tomorrow

  4. nice post and well said. i like your evil humor.

  5. Wish you all the best!
    Nice and interesting write up.

  6. Interesting read...add to ..
    1.It s mother hood whic in whic women blossoms..(have u seen pregnant woman and their face.. it s u can cal as "MUZHUMAI" in tamil.
    2.And these social workers wer the ones fighting against all gr8 lobbies( whic even men dnt dare to enter?)
    3.even now ther are crictisms that AISH, SUSH an LARA DUTTA wer all tools used by MNCs (personal care).. to promote beauty consious in SUB-CONTINENT.

  7. nice write-up cloud nine.. I love your points a lot and agree to it.. Here is my post, ~ what does real beauty means ~

    Someone is Special

  8. this post was really thought provoking post........
    well done nivedita..
    and yes best wishes for the contest

  9. Hey,

    Awesome words.

    Wish you all the best for the contest. One small request. Mind going through this post and see if it at all qualifies?

    Thanks for your time.


  10. has already have it too...they know what is real beauty only to accept the real beauty as BEAUTY needs courage and few have such courage...

    Nice article...

  11. I agree with you cloudnine, a new- born donkey too looks beautiful!

    One, that disappears or loses its impression on due course shall not be treated as "real beauty"!

    Hope the listed personnel have impressed you enough to get in your beauty contest!

    A man's beauty is measured by his purse? again!

  12. Thanks Saidya:) Yes, agreed, too much of silicon and botox:(((

    Dear Ibhade- Well said- beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!

    Dear KParthasarathy sir, waiting to read your post, good luck to you too!

  13. Mayank- thanks mate! Do you think the humor alone is evil? :P

    Rama- Thanks for the comment and wishes!

    Dear Anonymous- as usual, thoroughly analysed comment from you. We must be glad there are women like these, who have the inner beauty to make our World beautiful!

  14. Dear SiS, thanks for the loving comment. Posting my comment on your post right away!

    Dear Madrasi, thanks a lot for your kind wishes:))

    Hey Rajtilak, thanks for the visit and kind comment. Shall sure go through and put in my comments.

  15. Dear Thinking, Yes- courage and beauty coupled together make a thumping success. Thanks for the comment.

    Dear Janaki- Thanks for the comment, yes, beauty wanes as age increases. But what about that wallet thing? Men are supposed to be the Saviours of Women, so a healthy wallet will do lots of good:P

  16. Loved the post, You have a wonderful knack of putting across the right things in a humorous way...! All the Best, :)))

  17. I am very happy to read thisThis is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogsAppreciate your sharing this greatest doc.


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