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Faces and fortunes: The ugly side of beauty?

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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57 posted by seema patwardhan

    yesterday i dropped in at a relatives place.she already had had a guest.after some time she{the guest} was about to leave when she said she started getting a complex because of us..{she had a dusky complexion and rest of us were 'fair=superior complexion!! she said that and expected me to join in her laughter..i was quite embarassed and really didnt know how to react.i felt sorry for her because she was such a smart intelligent lady and still nursing such a complexe..over skin colour.

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  • Comment Link Sunday, 04 September 2011 14:18 posted by Bhuvnesh Shetty

    A window into the way we are programmed as a society on many levels. Wish you and Shirin all the strength and resources to take this ahead. Shirin is a fighter a survivor. She will win. God Bless.

    Bhuvnesh Shetty.

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  • Comment Link Thursday, 01 September 2011 11:36 posted by rachna

    The other day one of my elderly relative was sharing about her school days and how they would keep distance from the dark skinned people, to the extent that they wouldn't even look at them. I could see her struggling with the guilt for having adhered to the notions her guardians had wrongfully fed her. In fact it left such indelible scars that she had difficulty accepting her newborn with a slightly darker complexion.
    But years later she realized, it was a mistake rather a sin to hate or dislike people for something they had no control over.
    In both the stories it is evident that we first rate a person based on their physical appearance. Kudos to you, Shirin for braving the world and those prying eyes that would strip anybody naked.

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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 31 August 2011 15:41 posted by Arun Kadekodi

    It is a fact that we Indians are an insensitive lot - especially with our bias towards outward looks. I think Shirin is an excellent example of courage. It would have been very easy to wallow in self-pity. Instead, she chose to stand up and be heard.

    The College Principal mentioned in the article, obviously needs to learn a lot about education!

    Ujwala, I feel that the college should be named. Let people come to know about such people too.

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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:05 posted by arshia

    i think you should name the college, ujwala. this is outrageous

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