Cherishing the beauty…

In a chaotic world as ours where the passage of time is rarely a harbinger of wellness and goodness, there are some whose beauty magically uplifts our spirits. Some whose radiance is inspiring, while  some whose very words are calming, some whose smiles rekindle our hopes, while some whose zeal shepherds us on, some who are known to the world while some who are not. Here are some beautiful souls –

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness – The Dalai Lama

Sharbat, the Afghan girl who first appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985, whose beautiful haunting eyes told their own story, the eyes that withstood the ravages of time and wars in Afghanistan. Sharbat was located nearly two decades after her picture appeared on the cover.She was one of the world’s most famous faces, yet no one knew who she was. Her image appeared on the front of magazines and books, posters, lapel pins, and even rugs, but she didn’t know it. After searching for 17 years, National Geographic found her in 2002.

Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.
Mother Teresa


Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
– Gandhi

If there is one who could invoke heaven on earth, it is MS. Her sweet voice would call the lord Govinda like no other could. Her philanthropy, her humility and her deep devotion is unsurpassable. She has left us, but her music resonates in all our hearts and more so on the hills of Tirumala where her beloved resides.

The Princess of hearts, like no other. Her beauty unmatched, her vivaciousness infectious.An iconic presence on the world stage, Diana was noted for her sense of compassion,style, charisma, and high-profile charity work, as well as her difficult marriage to Prince Charles.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear –

The girl child who smiles at me, the girl in me smiles back.
The girl child whose love unbound, the girl in me I found.

Amla Nagarjuna, the south Indian beautiful actor of the yesteryears works tirelessly for the Blue Cross in Hyderabad and towards the welfare of animals. She fights tooth and nail for animal rights. She is one who does not crave for publicity, her actions speak louder than words.

The billionaire Queen of talk show Oprah. In 1998, Winfrey began Oprah’s Angel Network, a charity aimed at encouraging people around the world to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged others. Accordingly, Oprah’s Angel Network supports charitable projects and provides grants to nonprofit organizations around the world that share this vision.


16 Responses to “Cherishing the beauty…”

  1. Lemme be the first one to reply.
    Nice list with appropriate superlatives.

  2. Anand Khare Says:

    My list of beauty includes Madhubala,Waheeda,Sridevi and Madhuri.In your list I would agree only for Diana and may be Amla to some extent…

    Anyways, good thinking & good writing.


  3. You will definitely get a position in the top 5 in my list of classic, timeless, eternal beauties. After all, your external beauty has the approval and certification of none other than Miss Sushmita Sen, and I would any day do the same for your inner beauty. And didn’t somebody say that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder? Seriously, I admire your eye for beauty. Who else could have seen beauty in the Mahatma, Dalai Lama, Mandela, Mother Teresa and MS?

    • Melwyn – That is very kind of you and I am honored. Not sure whether it is a good idea to take Sush’s comment seriously though. But, yes I do find the ones above extremely beautiful and strong.

  4. Salman Shahid Alvi Says:

    If were to choose any one from those above.I would have surely headed for Lady Diana.More than her outer beauty,she is admired for the love and care she has shown for the humanity…..

    Once again great thoughts put to writing Sharmila……..

    • Salman – Di was an outstanding person who still lives on without a doubt. She was probably more understood by the world than her immediate family sadly. Thank you for your wonderful comments as always.

  5. External Beauty fades away with time,internal beauty not only prevails rather strengthens & shines with time. This is the area where Time has no capacity to make a Dent on it.
    My heart goes out for Dalai Lama. He is so helpless against that Tyrant who made him Homeless since long and entire world is just watching him suffer. what an irony !?
    not aware of the story of that Afghan girl but can see rage,agony & hatred for the world in it. when someone is hurt very deeply inner beauty/feeling errupts like a volcano & projects much fierce look like Maa Kali. May God bless that girl.
    Indeed Gandhiji, Mother Teresa & Diana embraced a beautiful way to bring their inner beauty out by making great choices & showed different paths to follow to live life for a good cause successfully & satisfactorily.
    That innocent smile of a child always attracts more to those who has tried to keep a child alive inside. for others its meaningless and not worth noticing. if one looks back and if has an album of their own pics. take a little time to go through it with enough courage and open mind to see what your eyes speak in different pictures. see and compare the difference if you can.
    How divine MS’s voice is! such a beauty in & out! very easily almost forgotten though. so sad she didn’t get that popularity of Lata & Asha being regional singer i guess!
    Amla is another beauty in & out. In Pushpak both Kamal Haasan & Amla did a great job. loved their pair so very much. never saw them together again though. she is doing a great job by fighting for animal rights. i feel so sad that here dogs & cats are put to sleep if they don’t find a Home for them after certain period of time due to lack of space in shelters. Human is the cruelest animal on the face of earth or what!?
    Mandela did what he could do but situation in there today is not very admirable. to fight and get freedom is one thing and to sustain it successfully is another.
    Oprah does a good job too. the way she etched her path and became Talk Show Queen is quite remarkable.

  6. I am surprised to see Amala akkineni in this list. Do search the net on “Nagarjuna’s first wife” and see more info on Amala.

    • Hi Rima.. I admire her because she does a lot for the Blue cross society in Hyderabad.

      • Yes, blue cross is a good work. But I disagree that Amala doesnt crave publicity. there are articles on her every second day though she is off movies since almost 20 years. There is no other celebrity who talks so much about their charity work. She herself says she talks to the media atleast twice a week, hence doesnt miss being in movies.

        I have known about her since long, way before Blue Cross happened, she was dating Nag then.( he was still married to his wife). I think her step-son Naga Chaitanya who is doing so well as an actor seeks less publicity than her. If Amala is not talking about Blue cross, she is talking about yoga or vipassana or how she works for 16 other issues etc. If none of this, then about her life with Nag etc..No other ex-actress is so much in news.

        Shreya Saran is doing good work for blind people. Actor Surya has an education trust. In mumbai, Vivek Oberio does a lot of social work.

      • I did not know this about Shreya. Thanks for sharing. I know about what Surya & Jyothika do with their education trust. I am a big animal lover Rima. I have a soft spot for anybody who cares for them, and I dont look for any more reasons to like them. You can call it a bias I guess. 🙂

  7. haha sure:) Yes Shreya has started a spa in mumbai called Shree Spa where she has employed only blind workers. She has plans to open more such spas and salons all over the country in the near future. Her mom is looking after the day-to-day activities of the spa currently as Shreya is mostly busy with her movie assignments here in the south.

    I came across your website accidently, but now i am enjoying your writings. Takecare…and keep up the nice work 🙂

    • Thanks Rima. wow, I had no idea Shreya did this. You seem to know it all! Do keep enlightening me on all this. Most interesting indeed. Good girl Shreya.

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