Saturday, 21 May 2011

Beauty Unveiled



This post Won 3000/- INR in the 
'Indiblogger.com, Yahoo! India and Dove What is real beauty?'  
Contest

What does real beauty mean to me?
"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. '' ~ Khalil Gibran
Beauty is ambrosia, the elixir of our essence... It is the palette of colors through which an artist paints the canvas of memories, the lyrical pen of a poet through which he perceives the world, the instrument of perennial notes strung into harmony by a musician. It encompasses the myriad hues of urban as well as pastoral lifestyles... From the cobbled boulevards of metropolitan cities to the dusty roads of rustic countryside... beauty has traversed each alley and touched every heart...
"Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Since the inception of universe, life has metamorphosed tremendously... civilizations have been buried in the sands of time so as to find itself re-erected and rebuilt on the rubble of antiquity. Changes have drastically transformed the face of earth... mysteriously what still remains intact is the presence of beauty... It is something that is immortal and cannot be confined to one person or thing... it is a universal reality. A child's laughter, raindrops on a sunny day, simplicity, mountains and hills wrapped in a blanket of snow, eyes that speak a thousand words, lovers engrossed in conversation near the sea-shore, a mother’s gentle touch, petals and lush foliage moist with dew, the tenderness of a loving embrace, all of these in some way or the other are beautiful. I believe these experiences are awe-inspiring not just for me but for most of the people who find beauty in life's little blessings ...For me, it is all encompassing...not just does it bespeak human language, it also speaks about the excellence of God...Through it we can comprehend our own Utopia, where God exists and reveals himself... It is not just aesthetic and should not be tarnished with vanity. Nor should it be artificial or superficial... It is abstract yet full of vitality...
"Beauty... is the shadow of God on the universe." ~ Gabriela Mistral
Real beauty is not biased; it does not pertain to a person, place or thing. It does not distinguish on the basis of caste, class, gender, colour, genes or race... Even a blind person can see it, a mute person can speak about it and a deaf person can feel it... It is our sensitivity to animate as well as inanimate objects. Physical attributes are after all only attributes, they do not define me, they do not define you. What defines me, you and all of us is beauty that lies within us... It is eternal... like an archaeological artifact, it lies hidden within each one of our souls... ready to be explored, and ready to be excavated... it is the hidden magnetism of mundane things... the extraordinary in the ordinary, defining the personality, perception and perspective of different people...
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." ~ Confucius
Of all aspects of life it is the only aspect which can be termed as 'sublime'. It is truth, the reality of life... One need not look for it and follow the path of disillusionment...it is in the offing of realization; of being touched, felt and experienced. To me, it is the symbol of love, alter-ego of self, mother of art, offspring of happiness, and the beloved of life itself...
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. '' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A few lines on Beauty by me:
Ehsaas-e-jamaal ~ Feeling of Beauty
Ek maa ke sparsh se khoobsurat kya ehsaas hoga?
Jo ek shayar ke kalam ko chuu sake...
Ek bacche ke kilkaari se haaseen kya cheez hogi?
Jo sirf ek fankaar ke kaanon mein goonj sake...
Baarish ki pehli boondon ka ehsaas tab tak na hoga...
Jab tak koi gulzaar, gul-e-tar na ho...
Chaadar-e-mehtaab ka ehsaas tab tak na hoga...
Jab tak vasl-e-yaar na ho...
Ehsaas-e-jamaal to khuda ki ni'amat hai
Yeh barkat to aakheeran sab par hi hogi
- Anukriti

Translation:

What could be more beautiful than the warmth of a mother?
Which can touch the pen of a poet...
What could be more beautiful than the laughter of a child?
Which can only be heard by a musician...
The first drops of rain will not be experienced...
Until a flower bed/garden is not freshly drenched in dew...
The sheet of moonlight will not not be experienced...
Until the lovers do not meet...
Feeling of beauty is but a blessing of God...
This benediction will eventually befall upon everyone...
- Anukriti

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pranav said...

Beutiful pics and nicely compiled post.
So glad to come across your blog thanks to indiblogger.

Saurabh Chawla said...

written brilliantly. it deserved the award. congrats :)

wanderfool said...

Your poetry is so touching. Keep up the amazing work!

And guess what, I always wondered about the 'commercial' intent of such contests and wondered how any writer could do justice to the sponsor and yet not veer from her own beliefs and writing style. I think you have balanced this perfectly. You deserve all those prizes :)

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Sumit said...

Love to read your blog Anukriti Sharma. Great work and awesome pictures.

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