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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

When I wrote yesterday's post, I was under the influence of naan and chili con carne. When you are old and nearly toothless, you have weird taste in food combinations. I missed a few points and this postscript is intended to rectify that.

While browsing on the subject, I came across an article "The Indian Concept of Beauty" by Dr. Pramod Kumar in the International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology. Among other things, the article stated:

Beauty prevails in various forms: nature's beauty (e.g., scenic beauty), physical beauty (e.g., facial appearance), beauty in behavior and thinking (pleasing the intellect or moral sense, or a pleasing effect felt by others), and spiritual beauty (relating to spiritual values of life: a pleasing experience felt by oneself). Physical beauty comes from the physical appearance of the body part (tight and smooth skin, color, shape, prominence, accurate measurement: proportion, symmetry), total body contour, beauty spots (dimples, black moles of appropriate size and shape and at appropriate site), and style (hair style, dressing style, and action style).

Most of us met the above criteria. We are pleasant to look at, most of the time unless of course you are nursing a massive hemorrhoid or are perpetually constipated. Then you won't feel pleasant and consequently, would not look pleasant. Hence, most people agree that any countenance is always improved by a smile. Not the goat's smile (senyum kambing) but the smile that begets another smile from the beholder/receiver. Any of you remember Johnny Mathis? He sang A Certain Smile which goes:

A certain smile, a certain face
Can lead an unsuspecting heart on a merry chase
A fleeting glance can say so many lovely things
Suddenly you know why my heart sings

Oops, the old man in me is reminiscing again.

Dr. Pramod Kumar forgot to mention cleanliness. So if you are out of proportion, not symmetrical and have flies hovering around your face, you are less pretty. Thank goodness these people are not reading my blog. The flyswatter would interfere with the mouse. To my loyal readers (May Your Tribe Increase), whatever shape you come with, remember that you are loved. In my humble opinion, after you are at peace with yourself, it is perfectly alright to do some self-improvement. Renovation is not. Deception is worse.

Beauty is after all, skin deep but in the end, it is what inside that counts. Snazzy packaging might get a second look but it is the contents that will have them coming back again and again, begging for more. Ye ke dok?


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29 CommentsOldStyle:
  • Beautifully done. Kudos Pok Ku

    By Blogger K. Light, at 1:23 AM  
  • Yo lo bena Pok Ku... baghae sngoti.

    By Blogger Atok, at 5:16 AM  
  • Memang ye... coming back again & again ;-)

    By Blogger Jane Johan, at 6:33 AM  
  • Memang ye... coming back again & again ;-)

    By Blogger Jane Johan, at 6:34 AM  
  • absolutely true, 'love your body' people always say..=)

    By Blogger najwa ab patah, at 7:21 AM  
  • Pa,
    Your 'mujo' post is being spread around. I've got it twice from 2 different groups of people. Was proud to tell my friends, "hey, this is my dad's work!"
    Some of them wants to shake your hand ;)

    By Blogger elisataufik, at 7:52 AM  
  • Splendid entry..as always. Yups, that mujo article is like THE talk of the floor here at work. Everyone's using it and I've gotten at least 4 email with your article. But sadly no credits to you. But again, mujo dia dok bubuh nama orang laing.

    By Blogger lion3ss, at 8:20 AM  
  • Pokku, if we feel good inside, it shows on the outside too. No need for extra make-up, just natural radiance :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:22 AM  
  • Wondefully written Pok Ku, a joy to read your insightful posts as always ;)

    Cheers!!! :D

    By Blogger hyelbaine, at 10:43 AM  
  • ahaha, totally agree. of course, that's after my years of "cucimata" experience to appreciate all kinds of beauty - inner and outside. IMHO, an expert Buaya can pick-up inner beauty in a person just by looking and hearing them talk, walk, and sit. ;)

    By Blogger Buaya69, at 11:11 AM  
  • True!True..
    Love to read ur blog..
    Do more on Ganu dialect - hillarious!!

    Can't wait to cakak Ganu...Raya is coming..hear!hear!

    By Blogger zaireen, at 12:34 PM  
  • People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

    By Blogger shay, at 2:44 PM  
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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:12 PM  
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    Atok: Heheheh. Naka jugok demo nih.
    Honeytar: Heheh. Frequencies work wonders.
    Najwa: The inside too, not just the cover.
    Elisa: It's ok sayang. At least you are proud of your papa. Heheh.
    Lion3ss: Mujo sungguh. Email sapa ke Englang nu. Beta Blogger kabbo.
    Jie: Welcome to the gang. I agree.
    hyelbaine: You are a truly great cheerleader. Wait, make that cheer giver. Cant imagine you in skirts and poms poms.
    Buaya69: Shhhhh! Not so loud ma. Don't give away secrets. You will spook them. Heheheh.

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  • Zaireen: Welcome to the gang. More Terengganuspeak coming up, insyaAllah.
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