Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Real Beauty

I got back from my vacation day-before-yesterday and when I checked my mails I found out that Indiblogger has come up with a new contest, a contest where Yahoo! and Dove has teamed up and asked us to blog about what real beauty means to you.

What real beauty means to you! Whatever you mean by that, I mean everyone knows what real beauty means to you. It's Kim Kardashian, right? Ummm, depends. It might mean Meg Ryan too. As they have wisely said, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

For some people, beauty means a voluptuous woman with a pretty face. For some it means just a pretty face. For some real beauty is skin deep, and people have started taking this aphorism so literally that they have started using Botox treatment. What they don't realize is that aging gracefully is also a beauty in itself. Again, for some, beauty might mean love of a mother, and for some, like Wordworth, who were born loners, beauty would be the solace they find in nature and their imagination.

But if you ask me what beauty is, I would say beauty is none of these. Absolutely none. Real beauty is the meaning hidden in the following lines by Nida Fazli.

Ghar se Masjid hain bahut door, chalo yu kar lein,
Kisi rote huye Bachhe ko hansaya jaaye.

You don't believe it? Well, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here goes one.


Do you really think anything can be more beautiful than that? Children are the most beautiful of God's creations, a smiling one like her, a real Angel! Innocent, oblivious to all the cruelties of life, the smile of a child can win the heart of even the most ruthless savage alive on earth. Haven't we heard about babies being raised by animals who are carnivores by nature? Even they understand the beauty of a child. Children, whichever caste, creed, color or sex they belong to, after they are born they all speak the same language, the language of innocence.

Even the beauty of a mother fades in front of the beauty of a smiling child because the child is what make the mother, a mother. You have often heard of a child abandoned by their mother and father, but have you ever heard of a mother or a father abandoned by their baby? Probably that's why its written in The Bible,

Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." - (Luke 18:15-17)

That's why for me, a smiling child, a laughing baby is the most beautiful thing in the world. When I wake up every morning to some of the harshest realities of life, one smile from her makes me forget all the pain, one smile from her makes me realize that life is beautiful.

But how often have you tried to make a child smile? On the road, in the bus, on a train, have you? You too can make a child smile. Trust me, you won't have to be Mother Teresa to make a child smile, you can start off in much simpler ways. Want to know how? Try Akshaya Patra, The Missionaries of Charity, World Vision or maybe the UNICEF. So try and lend a helping hand to them, or even simply buy an ice-cream to a street-kid on a hot summer day and see him/her smile. Believe me, that smile would make you a lot more happier than you were.

So make a child smile. That way you too can make this world really beautiful.

P.S.: If I happen to win this contest, I would donate a part of the prize money to Akshaya Patra to feed a child. So if you are an Indiblogger, please click on the this link to vote for this writeup. In case you are not an Indiblogger member, please take care minute to register yourself (it hardly takes a minute and trust me you won't repent your decision, I don't) and then vote for this article.


42 Comment:

Mohinee said...

Thanks for sharing Rajtilak! A totally different vision of beauty, but so true, every child looks so beautiful while smiling, steals our heart! Loved your article!

Wish you all the best! :)

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Mohinee: Thanks for your comments!

Cindrella said...

Thats indeed a beautiful way of expressing beauty!! Their innocence soothes our heart and gives us the real sense of beauty!!!!

Deboshree said...

That's one beautiful post. Children are truly gifts from the creator and watching a child smile is one of the most serene of all joys... I loved this whole new idea of real beauty - Innocence.
All the best for the contest. :D

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Cindrella and Deboshree: Thanks so much for taking time out to visit my blog.

MM said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. A very beautiful vision of beauty. Glad you share it. Sure, I will vote for you.
mani

pramod said...

indeed a beauty, dude.
cheers
best wishes

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

Post updated with Indiblogger link for you to caste your vote.

Anukriti Sharma said...

Khoob Shundor hoyeche!:) esp i love the way you have placed Ghar se Masjid hain bahut door, chalo yu kar lein,
Kisi rote huye Bachhe ko hansaya jaaye... it adds essence to ur beautiful writing :)

Dr. Fizza Rahman said...

I agree. let me know when to vote for.

bhavia said...

Good one man..loved the verse.the beauty of a kid's smile never fades..all the best for the contest.keep up your good writing:)

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Anukriti: Bangla!!!

@Fizz and Bhavia: Thanks for taking out time to read my thoughts.

Phoenixritu said...

What a lovely thought. I love your post, voting for it

Pratyush said...

A toothless smile for reasons none
Ephemeral, soon with tears replaced;
The joyous chance to be at one
With nature but once are we graced.
'Tis through a child's unprejudiced eye
That true beauty a man can truly espy.

Cloud Nine said...

Lovely post Rajtilak:) Yes, a child's innocence and smile are far more beautiful and touching than anything else on planet Earth. Good luck about the contest!!!

Rama Mohan A said...

Beauty is every where if we see. The problem is only with our eyes and our perceptions.

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Pratyush: Thanks so much for the poem for my daughter, much appreciated!

fantacy in practicality said...

smile dissolves all worries of a tired soul. a child's smile stir ups that dissolved worries and turns them into continuous energy flow. worries vanish within seconds and thus a soul is rejuvenated. an exquisite concept of a wonderful mind to discover a real beauty. raj, you rock!!!!!!

Someone is Special said...

awesome post dude.. love this a lot.. thanks for your comment on my post.. I just added like to yours.. here is a heart expressing what does true beauty means

Someone is Special

An Ordinary Gal said...

Beautiful meaning of Real Beauty :)

Abha Midha said...

A lovely point of view :)

Voting for you. All the best for the contest.

Vysh @The Colourful Eyes said...

That's Vry beautiful..!

Thanks fr ur votes for The Aura of beauty

Arti said...

That is very nicely expressed, your post is touching...Great work! All the Best :)

SANGuine... said...

Such nice way to express beauty... Beautifully written... All the best! :)

animesh said...

It is said that nothing is more beautiful than mother. What I liked most is the way you justify there can be something which is even more beautiful than it. I've a suggestion (I had read it somewhere and thought worth sharing). If you're writing something in Hindi or Urdu, use Devnagari and then translate it in English. It increases the readability and also looks good:)
Just like that...

Lyn @ Classic Books said...

This reminds me of a lovely song,'The Eyes Of A Child' by Air Supply. Indeed, make a child smile and you'll be surrounded with beauty. That's a wonderful photo! :)

Geeta Singh said...

lovely..will vote :)

Barkha Dhar said...

Beautiful Post and I agree with you that picture is a treasure of a lifetime. You might want to read this post on children:
http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=59305

tarunima said...

beautiful post:)

Priyanka Bhowmick said...

This article is worth a thousand votes. Nothing on earth is such precious as a child's smiling face. You are going to do a very good deed. My vote goes out for u.. May u win. All the best! :)

animesh said...

Well said Raj, the smile of a child is one of the most beautiful thing nature has created. Even the most beautiful of a woman, mother, is beautiful because there is a child associated with it.
chalo yun kar lein, kisi rote huye bacche ko hansaya jaaye
Ghaalib has said something worth millions in just few words. Hats off to you and Mirza Ghaalib.
Yours is a slightly different concept of beauty I read so far in the contest and hence, promoted it:)

Jyoti Mishra said...

beautifully summed up
and nicely crafted the real BEAUTY

Rachana said...

beautifully written...

Anonymous said...

http://twistingthetail.blogspot.com/2011/05/hello-beautiful.html

vote for this if you like it.

Kalpana Misra said...

Well said, good idea! I love the picture and the thought of donating the money to Akhaya Patra.

zephyr said...

Loved the post and the thought. all the best for the contest. Hope you win, for a child's sake!

shafeeq valanchery said...

This is a beautiful post!!!

Srikanth said...

I landed up here while searching for the term " child's smile" on google. You have put down in words what many millions experience when around very young children. I have a two year old nephew and I guess " A child's innocent smile is the most valuable and precious gift from GOD" and one can see him in every child's smile.

- regards, srikanth

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what a nice child! how old is he?

marlboro said...

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to make great posts like this one.

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