Recap: For those joining us at this point. In the first lesson we discussed some concepts of beauty and in the second we saw how the manner of speech and the command over the language can enhance the beauty of women. Now on to the third lesson. Ramesh had gone to see his colleague Kumar at his house. Kumar’s wife Manjula answered the bell. Ramesh and Manjula had not seen each other earlier. But Kumar had told his wife about Ramesh. Manjula welcomed him warmly and ask him to sit in the drawing room. She also offered coffee and snacks. Ramesh was stunned by his colleague’s wife’s looks. She was tall, fair and what impressed him the most was the way she spoke. Soft, gentle and to the point. Ramesh was impressed. His own wife who had hailed from a nearby village was not that soft-spoken. Kumar was taking his bath and Ramesh had to wait for him. When Manjula came again to clear the coffee cups Ramesh, more in an effort to engage her in conversation, asked her about the painting that was hanging in the centre of the room. Manjula blushed and said with appropriate modesty that she did the painting. And she loved to paint in her pastime. Now Ramesh was even more impressed by this beautiful woman. Kumar should be damn lucky to have a talented artist and an extraordinarily beautiful woman to be his wife. Soon Kumar came into the room and Manjula withdrew to the kitchen. The colleagues discussed some office matter and before leaving the place Ramesh pointed out the painting in the room to Kumar and was about to say something. But before that Kumar responded, “Oh, that’s a wonderful painting. You’ll be surprised to know, Ramesh, that I got it for a mere thousand Rupees from an unknown painter in the recent art exhibition.” Ramesh was shell-shocked now. Manjula appeared almost ugly to him. He now saw his rough country-bred wife far more beautiful than the slimy Manjula who had showed herself off with a blatant lie. Even in the first lesson when we saw the importance of beauty in the words “Sathyam, Shivam, Sundharam” , the first thing is “sathyam”, that is the truth. Nothing is more beautiful than the truth. Not that we can insist that all ladies to be reincarnations of Harishchandras, but nothing aids beauty like truth. And nothing is uglier than falsehood revealed, as in the above example. I remember another incident. She was one of the most beautiful actresses in the Tamil Screen. It was seven years back. Cellular phone had just come to Tamilnadu. The rates were damn expensive. The handset cost about 30000 Rs. and the peak time per minute charges were about Rs.16. Incoming calls were also expensive. So to be able to have a cell phone and to talk – well that was a clear status symbol. This beautiful actress was walking along the aisle of the five star restaurant all the while animatedly talking in her mobile phone. Her beauty was enhanced by her graceful walk and her subdued voice. The fact she could afford to talk in a cell phone for that long made her look very rich. And the richness further added to her beauty. And then came the climax. Her cell phone rang. Which meant that she had all along been pretending to talk to an unconnected mobile phone. The spectators had a nice laugh. She looked very comic now and in a flash her beauty was gone. Is the lesson clear? Shakepeare is far better than a poor accountant to give lessons on beauty. If a lady pays heed to the words of the great poet she would be beautiful whatever may be her external appearances: “Speak less than thou knowest; Have more than thou showest.” Waiting for your response, ye beautiful ladies of this wonderful site!