THE RICHEST, THE STRONGEST AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL










Who is the richest man on this earth? Who is the strongest? Who is the most intelligent? And, who is the most beautiful woman in this world? Who is the fairest? Tallest?Wittiest?...

All that rubbish, I say.

This world has more than 7.6 billion people, today… and, I am supposed to vote for the richest, the strongest, the most intelligent, the most beautiful, the fairest, the tallest and the wittiest… Right?

The wealthiest men do not flaunt their wealth, nor do the strongest men flaunt their bodies… The most intelligent men and women do not take part in the IQ and JK contests… nor do the most stunning women walk the ramp…

Beauty, always, lies in the eyes of the beholder… Some of the tribal women are the most beautiful creations on this planet… While the wealth made of gold, stock and cash can corrode, the wealth made of intangible substance cannot…

And yes, self-confidence can be the best attire we can ever wear… Ironically, our shyness can be the most precious jewel we can ever wear, too!

When Gandhi wore a three-piece suit in England and South Africa, he did not harness in his soul the kind of power he did when he covered himself with a loin cloth around his waist, here in his homeland… Mother Teresa walked the burning streets of Calcutta (now Kolkata) in sandals that can put Rubi Slippers (Price 3-million US dollars!) to shame!








The Richest, the Strongest, the Fairest, the Most Intelligent, the Most Beautiful… yes, all these are just ‘Labels’… somebody’s opinion. The more we believe in them, the lesser we believe in our own inner wealth, strength and beauty…

I am not trying to sound arrogant here… I am trying to sound less dependent on external certification and validation…

An hour ago, I saw a Post shared by  my friend, Purushottam. “Priyanka Chopra voted as World’s  2nd  Most Beautiful Woman… Kudos!”

I smiled and commented: “Puru, believe me: Sushmita (not 'Sen' but 'Ghosh') is more beautiful! So, that voting is 'rigged', I say!!!! Love”

I have not seen Priyanka Chopra except on screen and newspapers… But, I have seen Sushmita, my friend Purushottam’s wife in real… She is really fair and lovely… She is also simple and graceful.

Purushottam in his witty-best replied: “It's mentioned as '2nd Most Beautiful'!”

 “I am okay with that,” I concluded, “You will get the best dinner tonight!!!!

The meaning of my friend's name, Purushottam - Purush-uttam – conveys it all for us: the Supreme Being… the Best, the Highest, the Most Intelligent and the Most Beautiful…

Time to say ‘Kudos’, therefore!


GERALD D’CUNHA

Pic. 1: Raj Hunashikatti Pic. 2: Indian National Congress Pic. 3: Alamy Stock Photo
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