Sunday, May 29, 2011

A thing of beauty

I remember the first time I received an Indiblogger email notification informing me about the Yahoo Dove Real Beauty contest. The dreaded exam season had just arrived at my doorstep like an unwanted guest and I didn't have a moment to spare a thought on what real beauty meant or did not.
Fast forward to a month later and here I am jabbing away at my keyboard, staring at the all-too familiar blogger editor window still trying to fathom the meaning of "real beauty". Much love and gratitude to a few blogger friends who kept asking me repeatedly why I still hadn't come up with a post. The thought that my non-participation didn't go unnoticed is indeed a comforting one.

After going through many of the wonderful entries submitted, I must admit to the fact that not much remains to be said or expressed regarding this subject. But here's a humble attempt to add my twopence to the topic nonetheless.

From times immemorial, the word "beauty" has been used religiously while describing a woman, be it the tender intricacies of her facial features or the gracious curves of her elegant silhouette. It's like beauty and the very definition of a woman go hand in hand.

But unbeknownst to many, in Japan and a few other other Asian countries, the term bishōnen refers to the beauty of a man. It is an age-old concept over there which underlines the fact that physical beauty transcends the boundary of gender orientation.

I cannot agree more with their line of thought. The stereotype that manliness and so-called feminine beauty hardly go together, is one which needs to be broken.

However, the real meaning of beauty goes far beyond the realm of outward appearances or glossy exteriors.
For external beauty invariably withers away in the course of time. It's the beauty of the human psyche and thoughts that continue to live on forever.

Beauty is, after all, what you think it is. It could be in a gesture of kindness without any expectation of reaping benefits from the act. It could be in a bead of dew sticking to a blade of grass on an early spring morning. It could be in a baby's first unsure, faltering steps while the eager and proud mother watches in awe. It could be in the onset of a sudden spell of shower which ends the torment of a grueling summer afternoon or the sweet, intoxicating fragrance of moist earth that comes wafting in the breeze afterwards. It could be in getting misty eyes every time one hears Don Mclean's Vincent playing in a soothing volume. It could be in the immortal lyrics of Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Tennyson or Tagore who possessed the uncommon talent of discovering beauty in places one least expected to find any. It could be in a painter's brush about to capture the lush-green glory of a landscape forever on a canvas. It could be in the tears of sadness before the final parting of ways.

But perhaps nothing could define 'real beauty' better than the Sanskrit phrase Satyam Shivam Sundaram.(not to mention the famed Raj Kapoor movie of the same name) Truth is eternal and beautiful.
  
Beauty can never reside within something fake or pretentious, something fraught with artificiality or manufactured.
Generous amounts of make-up can surely cover up the imperfections of a woman's face and make her look appealing. But nothing can replace the pristine beauty of the quintessential natural look. There can be no better adornment for a woman's face than the radiance of a real smile.

Beauty lies in the innocence of a child, in the honesty of a man's intentions, in the purity of first love, in the resolve put in for a just cause, in the quiet dignity shown even in defeat, in the eternal quest for knowledge, in the strength to endure and forgive. Only because truth exists in all of them.

To put it in short, I would like to borrow the words of one of the greatest Romantic Poets ever -



Beauty is present all around in its myriad forms, sometimes hidden in plain sight, sometimes glaringly obvious. In the end it truly lies in the eyes of the beholder.

However sometimes you need to feel rather than see.

For if your eyes are ones which only get dazzled by the outer shell, unable to look into the mystery of the core, you may never well find it.

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P.S: Written for the Yahoo! Dove Real Beauty contest. *If* and only *if* you like the post, sign into Indiblogger and do help by putting in a vote here.
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37 comments:

Ritu said...

Love this post. Put a link with it to the indivine thingy. Want to vote this up

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

Beautiful, well everyone who has taken the attempt on real beauty have all given different perspectives, some have come up with stories, others with general things we have always heard, but somehow, most of them had a central element, feminine.
You stand out, different, and interesting.

Cheers,
Blasphemous Aesthete

Samadrita said...

@Ritu di: Thanks! And posted the link. :)

shrutianime said...

Loved it~ I agree with your view on beauty, though physical beauty comes to be appreciated most quickly, intrinsic beauty lasts longest!

Anish said...

The beauty you have spoken about here is the beauty actually worth experiencing.For people who can't look past external beauty it's a pity because they can't experience the blissful feeling the beauty of the small things in life bring.

Poignant and beautifully written.Kudos!

Samadrita said...

@BA: Dude thanks! Glad you feel that way.

Prateek said...

Beauty makes different sense to different people. Most of the people claims to be an inner beauty lover but those who dare, calls beauty is the amount of charm a woman body holds [sexiness].
Nice post Sammy! All the very best.

Giribala said...

Nice one Sammy!! I wanted to add something like Satyam, Shivam Sundaram, but you have mentioned that too!

Samadrita said...

@Shruti: Thanks girlie. And I totally agree with your thoughts there.

@Anish: :)

@Prateek: Well I guess different people feel differently about things. Can't really help. Thanks!

@GB: Thanks! I thought that phrase has to be mentioned if one talks about beauty.

Nethra said...

That was simple yet to the point. Now, I understand what beauty means to me and it's no very different from what you have written in this post.

Cloud Nine said...

Totally different angle! Great post. Good luck with the contest Samadrita:)

☆ ayu☆ said...

you expanded my definition of beauty :)

anime? http://myanimelist.net/animelist/sora_yume
these are3 all i'm watching right now :P

i just finished GOD of STUDY..and i totally love it..i am looking forward to my friend whose gonna visit me this night and will let me borrow lots of dvds..hehehe :D

confusedyuppie said...

nice post! had completely forgotten the keats poem!

♠ Tharangni ♠ said...

I love your perception of beauty in this post! :) It's amazing! :)

Anto said...

Nice angle! Wonderfully written, thanks for sharing and all the best for the competition.

Perception said...

Loved your interpretation of real beauty...Hit the nail on the head when you said make up does not make for real beauty..
However that beauty transcends gender was hard to digest though:)

Neeraj Kumar said...

lovely interpretation of beauty!!

gud luck for the contest

http://probinglife.blogspot.com/2011/05/real-beauty-is-mind.html

Niket said...

Interpreting so beautifully on Real Beauty is real beauty with itself, isn't it? Good luck for the contest! :)

maniac.hunter said...

nice post...william wordsworth said "beauty is not forever.it gives joy thats forever"

Selenium said...

"Beauty is in the eyes of the Beholder." --Someone I forgot who...

Hence, it's a very very vague and relative term :-/

But yes... beauty is what propagates this life forward. :)

D2 said...

Lovely post, as always. I had thought your exams must be on!

Yes, beauty has myriad forms and can be thought of in any number of ways. Beauty truly lies only in the eyes of the beholder.

D2 said...

And I have an award for you here

Congrats! :D

Harish said...

Good one.. best of luck for the contest

istupify said...

This is actually a good read. The first thought that came to my mind when I first heard about the Contest was beauty Lies in the yes of the beholder. But a line this wise would never fit in the stupid blog of mine! :P These Sentences with the intellectual edge fit great to your Blog's niche though! :) And do check the post I cooked up on the same contest! :P I want your comment, not you FB likes! :P

http://istupify.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/its-what-you-do-not-what-you-have/

Vamsi said...

Brilliant piece of work. You are one of the best bloggers I know and I really really mean it. Just adding to what I said, I do follow your blog on google reader even if I don't comment on your posts at times. :)

Anyways totally loved this post. All the very best for the contest :)

tiku said...

Nice one Sammy. I enjoy your writing . Haven't commented much on your blog but I have read your posts very often. Keep sharing your beautiful self. Best to you. Do read mine,
http://tikulicious.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/real-beauty-is-a-flame-lit-from-the-inside-out/

Prathima gangadhar said...

wow!! brilliant work loved it keep writing :)

nitinamlani said...

Hi,

Very well written..n a really clean n interestin blogsite u maintain...its true beauty lies in eyes of beholder...!!!!!!!! grt wrk..

Let me no ur tghts on my outlook on beauty @http://nitinamlani.com/
Me 2 frm engi...but with lesser cntrl over wrds than u...!!keep postin

Rgds,
nitin

Someone is Special said...

John Keats quotes was one of the best about beauty.. and so this post.. here is a heart expressing what does true beauty means

Someone is Special

cybernag.in said...

All the best for the contest!

RamesH said...

have to say its a nice compilation. your blog is almost similar to art work. so much work, you have done before writing this makes me say your no less of an artist.

Rachit said...

it's beautiful :)

GvSparx said...

Ah! ownderful work.... Awesome number of favs !!

Animesh Ganguly said...

Nicely explained Samadrita. Loved your way and the bit of reasearch as well.
By the way, I also was to participate in the contest but *the unwanted guest* was knocking at my door :(

Mahesh Kalaal said...

You will hate me if u read my post as i went completely against what you have said about truth and beauty....

:) :) :)

Prerna Jain said...

absolutely cool stuff :)

Punit Dubey said...

it's really difficult to write something 'so good' after reading other writeups on the topic...Your is a wonderful post, and I mut say informative too (I didnt know tht thr's a term to define men's beauty!)

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