Beautiful and ugly

This is my mother’s face. 

This is me speaking at the Sheroes Summit in Delhi this week. 

I looked nice in the washroom mirror before I went on stage. I talked myself out of my nervousness the whole day. Just go and tell your story as if every word matters. 

I feel like I look ugly in this photo. Something has happened to my jaw in the last few years. It ages me. 

I also used to worry that my mother was ugly when she was my age. I was 10 years old then. 

Now she is 70. She is beautiful. Maybe I am too. I will learn to see it. 

About Natasha Badhwar

"Because I'm a Tinker. That's who I am. Tinkers fix things. But I can't do it alone." (Pause for lots of action. Group Action......) "You did it, Tinker, you saved Spring!" I also have three children, one marriage, a million friends and one life.
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2 Responses to Beautiful and ugly

  1. Mallika says:

    Natasha…..You are beautiful. I will tell you how . And why.
    The essence of you is ….beautiful
    The persona of your is …..beautiful
    Your thinking process is …..beautiful
    Your ability to feel for another ….is special and beautiful
    Beauty is not in the shape and size of your nose and eyes , or the lines of your jaw and your cheek bones
    Beauty does not lie in the shade and colour of your skin or the absence of warts and blemishes
    Beauty lies in the way you act , towards yourself and mostly towards all others.
    With compassion, loving kindness and with non judge mentality.
    Oh I saw beauty once……when I was a child…..she'd sit for hours on her dressing table, this absolute perfectly formed face of such lustre and glow….my eyes would trace every inch of her face, follow every hand movement and she would pick up her lipstick, , her foundation and other things to make beauty more beautiful.
    But that all would vanish the second she would by mistake lay her eyes on me, her child ….and then beauty would flip on its side and show me such ugliness in the form of hatred and loathing that I am a still recoiling from it.
    So beauty to me is in the way you behave , never ever in the way you look.
    Beauty is the way you show kindness , never in the way you appear or make appearances.
    Beauty cannot be seen, only felt….and you are that beauty, believe me I have seen a lot of the other side to know.

  2. Don Crowder says:

    My eyes, which read, and my heart, which feels, tell me that you are extremely lovely. Those are words enough.

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