Beauty. “அகத்தின் அழகு முகத்தில் தெரியும்.”

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic was chosen by Delirious who has decided to drop out of the LBC. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, < Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

In Tamil, which is my mother tongue, we have a beautiful proverb;

“Agathin Azhagu Mugathil Theriyum” “அகத்தின் அழகு முகத்தில் தெரியும்.
Inner beauty can be seen in the face (literal)
Face is the index of the mind.

Beauty today is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Why?  Because, both men and women have been brainwashed by direct and subliminal promotion not to be satisfied with the way nature intended them to be.  Let me for instance quote a very famous statement from one of the industry’s pioneering stars, Charles Revson  “In the factory we make cosmetics. In the store we sell hope.”  Hope for what? To look unnatural?

It is a measure of our values that we have come to a stage when what I think is silly has become a major trend leading to bulimia and anorexia among young girls. While there are many other such motivating factors, this must be the silliest yet, for its sheer unimportance.  I am talking about the Thigh Gap Obsession which is turning out young girls looking like praying mantises.

If that is the latest for women, for men in India, it is this.

Give me beauty like these two any day.
Mother Teresa
Dalai-Lama-006Just look at the beauty. They don’t need cosmetics or plastic surgery or fair and lovely cream for men.

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22 Responses to Beauty. “அகத்தின் அழகு முகத்தில் தெரியும்.”

  1. I still remember when I was working after college — my landlady kept getting upset because I wouldn’t wear lipstick. I also didn’t wear high-heeled shoes, and my feet thank me for that!
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  2. Grannymar says:

    I would say: real beauty can be found in the eyes, they are the window to the soul!
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  3. Maria says:

    I think you’re gorgeous Ramana. But you already knew that anyway.
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  4. Maria says:

    BTW with all due respect, Mother T was many, many things. But beautiful was not one of them.
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  5. shackman says:

    Everything today seems to be a big-bucks industry. Never been a big fan of the thigh gap myself. I’d venture a guess the pharmaceutical industry is the only rival the beauty industry really has.

  6. Delirious says:

    You have chosen the best two examples of beauty!
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  7. Cathy in NZ says:

    When my marriage dissolved, a “nice friend” decided I needed some much needed attention and proceeded to change me into an ordinary, everyday kind of woman…one of things she insisted on was getting some help with my make-up/beauty skills and in a way it was a good thing because I did learn a lot about applying such items – and I did continue to do that for years until the cost of the product became too much and really I didn’t need it…

    I guess if I was working in a corporate sort of job, I would make more effect but as a lazy-do-anything person; not needing to impress anyone in that arena I prefer not to.
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  8. Tamilan Ads says:

    i love this, “அகத்தின் அழகு முகத்தில் தெரியும்.”
    yes, it is true word. you are awesome. 🙂

  9. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    “Hope for what? To look unnatural?”

    Good question. And most of them do look unnatural – especially with their nip and tucks. It’s sad to see people succumb to illusion and denial.
    Thigh gap? One more stupidity in the beauty market. I mean, those models (that some young girls aspire to be like) look like they haven’t eaten for months – it’s ugly and the clothes do not even fit properly. What is the matter with females?
    Oh please…another illusion: having a fair skin will make men more successful (in every way). What is wrong with males?

    Yes, real beauty is in those two and in you too, Rummy :).

    Cheers
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  10. It’s such an offensive area.
    And that fair and handsome bilge is appalling.
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  11. Great one, Ramana. At a certain age beauty products make a mockery rather than an enhancement. Better have what we need inside… all else fades.
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