Perfect As You Are!

‘Maa, why doesn’t Daadi love me like Ruhi? Why was she calling me as black as coal?’, asked 5 year old Rohini from her mother.

Rohini lived in a joint family in a small village, where 18 year old girls were married off to older men for money.She had long curly hair with dusky features. Her eyes had the depth of ocean and her innocence was untouched.Ruhi was her 7 year old cousin and her fair complexion was pride for the family. For they knew it will her get married into a wealthy family.

‘Am I not good Maa? ‘, her questions continued.’You are beautiful my child! You are the most gorgeous daughter in the world. ‘, her mother replied, trying to fight back her tears.

‘Do not fool the child! She is a misery to this family and will take us all to our doom one day’, her grandmother responded with hatred.

This is not an isolated incident. Stories like this can be found at every corner of our country. We are a nation obsessed with fair color. For us, the beauty only lies in being white.

It’s time we take a stand against this discrimination and educate the masses that everyone is perfect as they are. A girl is considered either too thin or too fat, too tall or too short,  too dark or too pale.

It’s with empower the girls like Rohini and Ruhi with education and let them be ready to face the world. Give books instead of beauty products!

Don’t feel like putting make-up on my cheeks
Do what I wanna
Love every single part of my body
Top to the bottom
I’m not a supermodel from a magazine
I’m okay with not being perfect.
‘Cause that’s perfect to me
‘Cause that’s perfect to me
‘Cause that’s perfect to me

(Lyrics from the song Perfect – Anne Marie)

Have you or anyone around you ever faced discrimation for how you look?  How did you tackle with the situation then? Do share your thoughts in comments.

It gives me immense pleasure to share that I along with 30 other bloggers are celebrating Woman’s Day in a unique way by writing our hearts out and bringing together this special blog together #Unapologeticgirlz.

I would like to thank Radhika for introducing me. You can read her blog here.

Also, I would like to introduce Preetjyot next in the blog train. She talks about her parenting journey at her blog. You can read her posts here.

Post Author: Dishki

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