Nobody is Ugly Betty

‘Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder and in the hands of surgeons!’ Today, when we say ‘A thing of beauty is joy forever’ most people especially women folk would literally want it to last forever. With all sorts of modern and cosmetic treatments available such as the Botox, liposuction, laser-surgery, implant-surgery, being beautiful on the outside is no longer restricted to age, stardom or considered exclusive. If you want it and you can afford it, it’s yours. Even side-effects are side-lined.

Is that why different varieties of facial creams, skin creams, beauty lotions, anti-ageing mix and such other types of product brands have been raiding the marketplace lately? Are they not aggressively advertised to woo the beauty conscious segments and keep them away from surgical beauty?

But then, what happens to the traditional beauty parlours and saloons…? What will beauticians do if people prefer to find their way to the surgical room rather than visit a parlour?

Not to worry actually… Just like supermarkets and hypermarkets cannot undermine the neighbourhood grocery stores, beauty parlours will remain as the ideal remedy for beauty solutions. And, of course surgeons don’t do routine jobs as plucking or shaping eye-brows or giving a facial massage.  

To get to the funny side of it, here are some statements that can straight away make its entry in a beautician’s work diary

  1. I don’t have to face job problems… my job is ‘Face problems!’
  2. They say ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of a beholder’ but sometimes I am forced to believe that ‘Beauty is lies’ or that ‘Beauty and the Beast are one & the same!’
  3. Never say beauty is skin deep otherwise no one would visit beauty parlours/saloons.
  4. My motto is ‘To beautify always’ but my secret motto is ‘Sparkle the mirrors with extra shine always’
  5. I could have tried being celebrity hair-stylist but then anybody can cut.
  6. Appearance is indeed deceptive.
  7. I am beautiful inside but my job is to make outside beautiful.
  8. A natural remedy for glowing skin is what I would look for but when it comes to people, they don’t want inner glow… they want instant glow… so, I rely on cosmetics.
  9. Today, I can’t say whether beauty spots are easier to find or spotting a beauty!!
  10. At least, people are honest in showing their real self while coming here.
  11. Being naturally good-looking – there isn’t such a thing these days…!!
  12. I will never call anybody ugly… the mirror does that job.
  13. Some people want to change their looks so badly that they end up looking bad but still like it only because it is different…!
  14. Sensitive skinned have to make-up their minds before they try make-up.
  15. Now the times are such that occasionally, I have to ask my customers as to which are their natural parts…!
  16. Age, wisdom and beauty – I can inter-relate all 3 in one go – As one’s age increases so does her/his wisdom to adopt modern methods to bring back beauty.

All of you who have read this… thanks… coz ‘you are Beautiful!!’ 🙂

Wordplays

You might be one of those people who love solving crossword puzzles or jumbled words or finding hidden words or just playing scrabble. If you are, probably you would even like to watch ‘Spelling Bee’ contests on TV or in case power goes off, you might even want to play the ‘memory game’ with your family or friends where you would be required to remember words stated by each one in the specific order from the start. The usual preference for this sort of game is being able to recall the names of countries/places but nevertheless they are words involving a particular pronunciation & sound when you say it.

When you are at it, do you keep scores in these word-plays mentioned above or you just enjoy doing them? Whatever it is, words are at play. Occasionally, you may have taken help from dictionaries, thesaurus or do spell-checks to find out actual spelling or just to know whether such & such word exists. Encryption or the art of coding letters/words though existed in the past is actually mind-boggling wordplay. Even the hidden messages in artwork, pictures, and symbols add to the mystery of amazing wordplays. The game of ‘Dumb Charades’ where one has to figure out what the other is saying through gestures may be more appealing than the game of ‘Passing the Secret’ but in both, wordplays are at work.

With so many social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, words such as ‘Unfriend’, ”Unfollow’, ‘Tweet’ have become quite popular while some other words such as ‘confirm’, ‘accept’, ‘request’, ‘like’, ‘tag’ so on have acquired a whole new meaning. Not to forget SMS texting & instant messages platforms which has given birth to several shortcut words such as ‘OMG’ (Oh My God), ‘BTW’ (By The Way or even used for Between), ‘GR8’ (Great), the list is quite too many to mention.

Now, the question is to determine the objective of these word-plays & word usages. Are you using them for educational value, as a challenge, stress-buster, recreation, fun, time-pass, and or style or is it because just everyone does it, so do you? Or in the case of social networking/SMS, is it to save time typing lengthy words or save cost per space? Or is it simply the trend followed by everybody? Amidst all these wordplays, I hope we wouldn’t be losing any language or the art of effective communication.