Beauty is something that every person is drawn to, many are even obsessed with it. Many people ask me about my beauty ritual or what I do for my skin and diet. I earlier wondered what the big deal was, but today I see that a lot of things I grew up knowing and that were part of my daily routine and upbringing are not exactly things that other people have access to.
I mean I grew up in a home where a regular lunch meant a wild rice salad with carrots and sunflower seeds! Even today, if you put a plate of broccoli and chips in front of me, I’ll eat both because I like both, not because I’m watching or not watching my diet. I grew up to the sounds of my mother doing her riyaz, I grew up familiarising myself with dance classes, books, theatre, painting, discussions sometimes way beyond my comprehension, nature, animals and good people... Unique people, talented people with passion.
I believe beauty is something that is intangible; it can’t be explained. It comes from a healthy body and mind, a happy face and not just from symmetry. Beauty also comes from not being self-conscious and of course, from loving yourself, not in a self-absorbed way, but in a kind way that makes you comfortable and naturally beautiful...
Beauty also comes from grace, from feeling the music in your pores, from dancing in a way that your heart dances, from being vulnerable and yet generous. It comes with opening your heart and being transparent to the point where every emotion of yours reflects in your eyes. So yes, beauty should come from your soul.
And then when you wake up in the morning, whether you put on makeup or not, whether you have the best wardrobe or not, whether you have ‘good’ genes or not, your inner happiness and beauty will shine through and last you your whole life... That is beauty to me.
‘Let the beauty we love be what we do’ said Rumi. Truer words have never been spoken!
(Aditi Rao-Hydari is an actress. She rose to fame for her role in the film, Yeh Saali Zindagi.)