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Janki Punjabi

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Janki Punjabi

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Black Or White : Way Of Sight

Black Or White : Way Of Sight

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Since years, people have seen categorisation to be made either on the basis of Caste, Community, Complexion and in many more ways. In schools, there is classification of group of studious students with dumbs, rich with poor have become fashion nowadays. While classifying does anyone thinks about that one who is falling behind? No one cares about the ones who are poor, dark skinned, dumbs and belongs to minor community. A kind of classification was also made with Nandini. Nandini is 25 years old now, but she has gone through the race of beauty when she was 12 years old. Life was not easy for her at that time. Nandini, an Indian girl, born in Punjabi family and living her life happily. There was a time when she used to stay alone, keeping things with her only, now she has made a way for her when she is interactng with mass, enjoying life and off course she is friendly to many people. Her life has taken up a 180 degree change. Nandini was born with slight dark complexion and as said earlier, she was born in a Punjabi family whose women always known to have beautiful skin with fair complexion. Surprisingly her younger sister Kalpana was born with such skin. There is an age difference of 5 years between Kalpana & Nandini but difference between their complexion was much during Nandini's teenage. Since birth till Kalpana's birth she was enjoying all the attention which got diverted towards Kalpana. Though a classification made by people between two sisters, but they themselves remain like a soul sisters. Neither Nandini was been jealous to Kalpana nor Kalpana had proud of her beauty. As and when Nandini grows, things started became quite difficult for her. During her 12, her complexion became dark. Being the elder daughter, and according to an Indian culture, as & when a girl is getting older, she is exposed to the entire society. Nandini by that time became a point of gossip for her relatives, society and even friends. Previously people used to call dark Skinner's "Kala" or "Kali". Nowadays words like this to be used on dark Skinner's is considered as offensive. Thankfully Nandini didn't get these names yet. But what she got at that time was not impressive for her. During her teenage, she wanted to find answers questions which people asked for her, "Why she is darker then Kalpana?, You need to attempt hard to find her a suitable groom. Who'll going to stalk you, it must be your friend who was with you at that time. You are looking ugly, try to apply some face masks to get glow on your face. Will there be any guy who falls for you in this world?" And many more statements, many more suggestions given to her. Nandini was fed up with her complexion, as it was letting her down every where and all the time. A dark skinned Nandini soon became a dull and introvert girl. Life was like stopped for her.


After irritating with all such questions, she tried many irritating face packs and done a lot in order to get fair complexion. At that time many glow guaranteed skin creams were available in market and almost a dozen tried by Nandini too. She was competing with herself, with people around her and it diverted her attention in enhancing her beauty rather than studies. 12 year old girl wants to be beautiful. Why? Because people around her was so concerned about her dark skin, people wanted her to get married with a handsome guy. People in India still believed a bride to be beautiful rather than Independent. Nandini always used to have a thought that, "people with beautiful skin, perfect face, and glowing skin are the luckiest in the world, I wish I could be like them". During Gandhiji's era, he had also faced discrimination between whites & darks. Such kind of discrimination was facing Nandini. Nandini never used to click her photos and whenever forced to do so, she felt conscious and wanted to destroy her each clicked the photo. Whenever she looked in the mirror, it was showing her dull face to her so she wanted to destroy each & Every mirror placed in her home. As and when time passes, face masks and home therapy started to play their roles and to some extent, it has helped Nandini's skin look brighter, things and people around her have started to look Nandini a normal girl rather than a dark skinned girl. Slowly people stopped comparing Nandini with Kalpana.


Now Nandini is not as pretty as Kalpana nor she is as ugly as she was before. Previously she used to stay alone and she never used to walk with girls who are far prettier than her, she hardly walked out of her home, except school and tution class she used to be at home. Neither she wanted to attend any marriage function nor anyone's birthday party, she hardly had any friends. Now, she is talkative, didn't stay back for anything, she has more friends and she even gains her lost confidence back. She is happy about getting people's attention not the way a guy is staring a girl but the way as she has become an important part of any group. Nandini is one of girl who was fighting with people who wanted to see her beautiful girl, there are many who are teased by abusive words, like the elephant, African, ugly, buffalo and many more in different regional languages. For some it is the point of the joke, to call one with such words is their medium to become the hero of the group. But for that one, it is difficult to get out of these names, even some are taking this insult till their life. I have a question to people, who have a tendency to point any weakness out of that person, except that one problem, can't they see the things which are good in them?, Why they didn't understand by pointing out a weakness, it could hinder that person's ability to face it confidently. Can't they motivate by saying that you are a perfect creation of God? Why it is difficult for anyone to understand that inner beauty is far better than outer beauty? If all of them were white then no one can define Beauty, if all were rich, no one can define Wealth, even if all children become studious, no one can understand the meaning of Education. In order to shine, one should know the importance of darkness. Everyone can't be the same, they are different because nature wanted them to be different.


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