Finest Blog of July 2009 - Runner Up! We all tend to find some thing or the other wrong with our body. I am too fat, my hips are too broad, my nose is too flat, my eyes are too small, I am too short; my hair is too thin, and so on and so forth. It is easy to go on and on, criticising our body. We don’t for a minute think that we are criticising that great architect, the greatest artist of all the almighty. We fail to realise, that, as a creation of God, we are perfect the way we are, for God does not, cannot make mistakes. I am not here to give everybody a pep talk, or a sermon, I don’t think I am an authority to do so. I want to express my views on a related sub topic. I happen to be on the leaner side, with a palm tree-like height to boot. So that’s a tall and thin physique that I have. I used to feel conscious about it, being ‘too’ thin, when I was little. However, thankfully I outgrew that phase, and today, I am quite proud of my height, and it feels good (in a naughty way), to tower over people with my tall frame and FTV like size zero body. Let me assure you all, before you jump to conclusions, I am not anorexic, I eat to my heart’s content. But I stay blessedly the same reed thin person that I am. I get a lot of people, who tell me, “Don’t you eat?” which in my opinion is the most foolish thing to say. Don’t I eat? No, I don’t. I have a special super power that allows me to stay alive without eating. During my teens, this used to bother me a lot, but now I have come to deal with it in a different way. I tell the ‘concerned’ people, it is a lot healthier to stay slim, than be fat, which mostly shuts them up, as they are not exactly trim. This might sound mean, but there are people who decide for themselves, that I don’t eat, and proclaim, “You don’t eat at all”, without any knowledge of my eating habits, and this can be very annoying. The other day, I was reflecting, how people judge me by my appearance. Had I been on the other side of the fence, and been a plump or obese girl, they would invariably say, “You eat too much, try to reduce your weight”. Such comments have a very strong possibility of adversely affecting the self esteem of girls and boys, especially if they are in their teens. Why are some people hell bent on criticising others? Do they think they have been entrusted with the responsibility of correcting every flaw in the world? Especially physical flaws, which are not in our hands to correct? Let us assume that I was to put on, or lose weight, depending on the situation. I would gain weight only according to the frame of my body; I would still be on the skinnier side. If I were to lose weight, I would not magically become a Barbie from a sumo wrestler; the skeletal frame would be the same. Bottom line is that we should be proud of the marvel that our body is. And anyway, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. I think having a long nose is beautiful, you might think a small nose is beautiful. I may not like a long face; my friend might think a long face is good looking. So let us realise that we are truly beautiful ladies (and handsome gentlemen) and feel happy about that. And remember, the next time somebody is cruel enough to point out a flaw on your body, have the courage to believe that they are wrong, and tell them that you are perfectly happy that you have a body that is perfect and beautiful!