Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Real Beauty - A Beautiful Life...

Two days back, I was just back from a road trip across Meghalaya when I saw the mail from IndiBlogger asking 'What does real beauty mean to you?' - The Yahoo Dove Real Beauty Contest. After such a trip what instantly came to my mind is the pristine beauty of the nature that has kept me in a dazed and enchanted state even 48 hours after it was over.

But on second thoughts, I think beauty can be found in many things. Beauty can be a red rose on the snow or a baby's giggly laughter or the bond of love between a dog and its master or in the tears of a woman bidding her lover goodbye or some dried flowers on a dear one's grave or praying to a god whose existence has no certain proof or.... If I go on, I can enlist many such beauties, but I'm going to write about what my heart thinks are the real beauties in this world.

When a mother sees her baby for the first time, after waiting for months, she wants to hold her baby. She does so with her trembling hands, scared that she might hurt the baby if she is not careful. She looks at her baby and smiles, while a single drop of happy tear runs down her cheek - That is real beauty to me...

Not only the mother teaches the child about life, but also the child teaches the woman to be a 'mother'. When the toddler takes the first step or says 'maa' or 'paa' for the first time, the happiness and excitement on the parents' faces - That is real beauty to me...

The mother, in her soothing voice, tells the child bedtime stories that mostly start with 'Once upon a time' and always have happy endings or comforts the child when he or she is scared at the middle of the night from the imaginary bogeyman or the monster in the closet - That is real beauty to me...

The child grows up, passing through adolescence and experiencing hundreds of new emotions and changes. The surprise of puberty, the change of feelings for a childhood friend, the first love, the first romance or the first kiss to the person we love - That is real beauty to me...

Slowly, we enter adulthood and choose our field of study and then one day, our profession too. Whenever we achieve something, small or big, or the day we get our first salary, we can see the pride clearly visible on our parents' faces - That is real beauty to me...

Some years later, finally the day comes when we have to sacrifice everything we love to start a new life with a person who is supposedly going to be our life-partner. The bride walking down the aisle holding her father's hand, who had once taught her how to walk - That is real beauty to me...

The vows a couple takes on the alter while promising to love, comfort and honor each other as long as they both will live; or a Hindu bride taking the Saat Phere with trembling feet, apprehensive of the new life that awaits her; or the shyness of the Muslim bride as her lips tremble while she utters 'Qubul hai' - That is real beauty to me...

The happiness of an expectant mother, the glow on her face, the way she takes care of herself like she has done never before and when one day, she suddenly exclaims to her husband - "Oh! The baby just kicked!!' and the husband tries to hear his baby's heartbeats putting his ears on his wife's belly - That is real beauty to me...

Back to the beginning, when after nine gruelling months, the mother gets to see, hold, kiss and feed her new born and we can see the maternal love in her eyes as she caresses the baby... That again, is a real beauty to me...

In the end, one day her beloved leaves her. Broken-hearted, she mourns at his grave. The sadness and tears, partially seen through her black veil as she lights a candle and puts flowers on the grave, is too painfully beautiful to me... 

Real Beauty is our own Cycle of Life. I am a real beauty and so are you! We are the most beautiful creation of God and with a beautiful heart, we can turn our lives into a real beauty till it lasts.
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39 comments:

Rajarshi said...

Nice one Piuli.. U have added beauty to beauty with your post.. Keep writing...

Arti said...

Wow! Meghalaya must have been really a very beautiful trip for you, isn't it? Wish to be there someday :)

Wonderful vision you have of beauty! Nicely penned down '...we can turn our lives into a real beauty till it lasts' That is so true! Good Luck :)

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Jiju... Keep visiting the blog...

SANGuine... said...

Hey Arti, Thanks for reading and voting for the post :)

Meghalaya is indeed very beautiful... You can check out my travelogue tomorrow to read about my experience. Here is the link - http://fromatravellersdiary.blogspot.com/

Thanks again :)

rajiv said...

Lovely Post S. :)

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Rajiv :)

Premankur said...

Liked the post!! ...... Specially the last part which kind of says that beauty can be found anywhere (even in pain, sorrow and death)!! ..... One needs to have a clean heart and blissful mind to visualize such thoughts!! :)

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Premankur for the appreciation :)

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

Voted!

Is this what Real Beauty means to you?

http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=59196

if yes, then mind leaving a comment and casting a vote for it?

Thanks,
R

SANGuine... said...

Hey Rajtilak, I read your blog yesterday itself... As I'm new to IndiBlogger, I was trying to figure out how things work there... and just now voted for it... :)

Amar said...

Beautiful post..Beauty is indeed in the small moments you described :)

Have promoted your post and also liked it on fb :)

Check out my views at - http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=59346

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Amar for visiting and voting for my blog...

I voted for you too :)

Neeraj Kumar said...

Beautiful narration of beauty through the stages of life where it resides with subtle expressions. Good that you vividly caught those expressions.

SANGuine... said...

Hi Neeraj,
Thanks for visiting the blog :)

Nisheeth said...

Indeed a wonderful compilation full of beauty :)..I believe that beauty is there in the eyes of a viewer :)

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Nisheeth for visiting the blog :)

Sudip said...

Awesome!! very beautiful thoughts put together to explain the meaning of Beauty. Liked it a lot. :)

V.M.S. said...

The post is brimming with beauty. In fact the concept of beauty is almost hundred percent subjective and as such it is difficult to explain it in words. In fact the bloggers who participate in the contest must be having an harrowing time to express what is inexplicable.

SANGuine... said...

Thank you Sudip and V.M.S... I do agree that the concept of beauty is entirely subjective... and a beautiful topic to write about...

Someone is Special said...

beautiful post here.. I would say a beautiful trip instead.. hmm, voted, liked.. here is a heart expressing what does true beauty means

Someone is Special

Abha Midha said...

A nice take on Real Beauty

Voting now:)

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Abha :)

@ 'Someone is Special': Thank you... Liked and voted for you too :)

25BAR said...

'a road trip across Meghalaya' ?WOW

SUB said...

wow...amazing post :-)

Pythoroshan said...

really liked this post..sweet :)

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sush said...

touching write up....

SANGuine... said...

@Sub, Pythoroshan, sush... Thanks for visiting the blog n reading the post :)

sandeep said...

lovely post!

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Sandeep :)

Nihar said...

Hey great post...

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Nihar :) Nice to see you here...

PsycheBubbles said...

Yeah, Meghalaya indeed is a very lovely place. :)

Beautifully expressed. :) All d best for the contest! :)

SANGuine... said...

@PsycheBubbles... Thanks for visiting and commenting on the post and also for the wishes...

neeraj said...

Very expressive post, girl. Keep writing and all the best for the contest. One vote coming up! :P

SANGuine... said...

Thanks Neeraj :)

Mrinal said...

Phewww!!! Good one.,... Though beauty is such a vague word wherein the same can be explained in various ways, you have completely nailed every possible facet of beauty in your blog with your apt examples... The initial lines are amazing ones and you have carried the same till the end.. Small suggestion, if you can make the background theme of your blog page lil light, then it might help the readers in reading the blog with ease...

Thanks
Mrinal Deo
Asst Mngr
Chennai

pramod said...

very well written post, very imaginative.

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