06 December 2011

Beauty is Skin Deep

And hence, it is superficial; it doesn’t last, it can’t be trusted & so shouldn’t be idolized or desired. This is the puritanical view of beauty. Is it really so?

Check out my guest post for Ashwini at Just The Way I Like


I have been reading Ashwini since 19th Augusut 2011. That makes it for over four months now. How do I remember the date so well? That is because the first post that I read that day on her blog got published in the The Hindu a month later.

I remember feeling so happy & proud that day even though I had just started reading her, was still one of her new readers. The connection as "blog friends" happened eventually & when she asked for a guest post, could I have said No? NO!

Here's the link to her published article as well:

Need I say more?


  1. well written guest post Sujatha...also enjoyed the Hindu article by ashwini

  2. Well-written guest post Sujathaji!! The article by Ashwini in The Hindu was good. Great job, keep writing more :)

  3. Read and commented on the article Sujatha!! And I found a new blog to follow :)

  4. @Akshay: your comment had gone to the spam folder!
    so missed responding to u earlier.

    thanks for your visit & comment

  5. Thanks for introducing Ashwini's space :)

  6. @ Ashok
    Thank you :-)

    Thank you :-)

  7. Ok!! i was confused where to comment, so i decided to comment on the blog which i am more familiar with...so i am here :)

    We think alike...i have always believed that beauty is physical first and everything can follow later.
    I dont say that one should be greek god or should have angels look ( which i dont know anything about - i have not seen either of them)
    but one should be presentable. I firmly believe that to be comfortable with a person i need to be comfortable with his/her looks.
    Until and unless i talk to someone, i will not know about his/her nature and to talk i need to be atleast ok with the looks.

    * I have also commented on the hindu article of your friend on English thing... - I DONT AGREE!! :P

  8. http://ash-aqua-girl.blogspot.com/2011/08/sad-state-of-english-language.html

  9. sujhata em so happy I know you both.Ashwini is a sweet fellow blogger and one of the few people who followed me..
    well everybody has a different idea of beauty as they have about Love.beauty does mean a more physical object then the spritual but if we dig deep and harder we know what this is all about.beautiful people with ugly hearts make you think the otherwise:-)

  10. @Ashutosh: thanks Ashutosh for reading & responding to both the articles. appreciate it

    abhi jao & apne blog pe mere comment pe respond karo. :))) my husband says i am a task manager. i am , ain't I?

    @Mishi: no doubt about it - a striking face but an ugly heart can turn things off for me too - agree

  11. It's good to see you writing guest posts. Keep writing and cheers!!!

    From: www.sriramnivas.com

  12. @sriram: thanks

    btw,this is only my Second guest post

    @Philo: :))

  13. You have a simple way of conveying a powerful message or triggering a thought! We all tend to rationalize our irrationality through some philosophical or moral grounds. And you brought that out beautifully!

    And loved your snippet about Ashwini and her introduction about you! Very sweet! :)

  14. Well written. But I don't agree that a woman is looked down if she is attracted to a man...I am not sure if it is true.

    I agree definition of beauty varies.

  15. You have nailed it! I am not regular , After reading this , I do remember the last post i read of yours (long time back) and it only made me respect you. Time or not , I will be regular now! I definitely echo you and your views!

    I had that subtle connection with many girls. In fact while i was in my teens and traveling for college was the time I used to do quite a lot of things. I always sat behind the conductor (two-seater) because I had always seen girls coming and sitting there. There came those one-liners , a smile and what not! No relation to this post , Sorry!

    Coming to the point , There are few women I find quite attractive , although I have not seen them. Just the way they write , you get to know a lot of class about them.Again my perception and my look up for things. I have never ever(almost) lost a chance to applaud if I find someone attractive. Just had been to kerela , The women in those sarees were indeed beautiful and serene.
    By the way i like this picture of yours , dont like yellow much but you have carried it well.

  16. @Raj: Thank you Raj.

    Yup, some things need not be rationalized. Only seen,felt, experienced & enjoyed. Like Nature.

    @A: 'a man' is ok. "men" is not. esp when we are vocal about it.
    all of us admire hot men in our minds but don't say it out loud for fear of the weird glances that might come our way esp esp if it is a married woman

  17. @Ashish: thank you :)

    well, you haven't been too regular on your own blog either. i keep checking for new posts but they come intermittently. work keeping you busy i guess

    @Saru: thank you Saru

  18. Nice post. :) Nice read :) Tc :)

  19. Read the post and is very well written. I have no problems in complimenting someone who looks good and like you said it is their genes and what counts is the character. I must say I know a lot of good looking people who are beautiful on the inside too.

  20. @Philo: thank you

    @Shreya: thanks

    @Asmita: now that calls for a high five! :))

  21. इस पोस्ट के लिए धन्यवाद । मरे नए पोस्ट :साहिर लुधियानवी" पर आपका इंतजार रहेगा ।

  22. Nice post:-)

    Most of the men find all women beautiful..it is average looking women who are jealous of good looking women.Anyways they say "Only The ones who have can flaunt".Beauty brings joy!!!

  23. @Vinod: thank you, yes beauty brings joy, no matter how much we deny it

  24. m i supposed to post my comment here? ok absolutely loved ur post. everything u wrote is based on logic. see that's the advantage of being honest :), there is no false pretense and you know what u r saying.

  25. A nice guest post by you.And
    A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.
    John Keats

  26. @deb: definitely :). Lying & pretense requires lots of hard work & good memory & I for one am very lazy

    @Saibaba: yes, Keats said it long ago

  27. nominated u


  28. Its an honour to nominate you for the versatile blogger award. Here's the link-http://versa-ambiguity.blogspot.com/2011/12/versatile-blogger-award.html#!/2011/12/versatile-blogger-award.html
    Thank you.

  29. Well analysed and well written post.. Completely agree that beauty lies in the beholder's eye.

    There's nothing wrong in appreciating others being beauty or handsome or being attracted to them and why on earth it should be looked down upon? Such people will have mindset of a third world I guess.. Great read Sujatha :)


  30. @Anand: mindset of a third world !!!? hahah that's sweet! but is that even a word??
    but i understand that you are expressing your support with my thoughts here

  31. @Sujatha: Of course am agreeing to every word of yours.. :-) What I meant by third world is underdeveloped nation and society where people say you're wrong in every action that you do differently. They can't sense anything.. bakwaas mindset :)

  32. @Anand: aaah! bakwaas it is :))

    btw, see the overflow of response to ur tweet announcing ur return :))