When I was in Biology class…..
For some reason, I am inversely proportional with the Biology teachers. When in Grade 6, huh, there was a Biology teacher. Very old, tall stature, lean, exactly I get this very picture of a crane, imagining her. I haven’t seen any ruder person as her.
While she saw my hair out of form, as in, one of my two plates went untied at the end of the day. I never notice all these petty issues. My friend who was sitting next to me noticed it and asked me to adjust my hair. As my Biology teacher noticed it too, she asked me to leave it as such and attend to it by the end of my class. While she turned towards the black board for writing/dusting something, my friend tied my hair. My teacher, as soon as she turned, had a look at me and asked me why did I get distracted. Without giving me a chance to explain, she grabbed me, I was so puny, short and tiny, easy for her to grab, still she grabbed me by the ribbon tied to my hair and tied that ribbon to the nearby window.
Hah!! Back then harassment of students were quite common and nobody even dared to ask the teachers why were their ward punished.
And really, she was so innovative in even punishing!! Thank god she didn’t slap me in front of my class, I really am grateful to that. But tying by ribbon is really funny, just like how you tie the dogs by their collar… If I were allowed to use a camera cell phone, I would have captured a selfie of me 😉 Unfortunately mobiles weren’t so common that too with camera I hardly remember there was even one phone I could think of.
This incident is weird.
Initially my school’s uniform was a pinafore from KG to class 8. When I was promoted to class 6, there was a change in the uniform from a Pinafore to Salwar-Kameez-Dupatta. Dupatta is something like a stoal. 😀
I really don’t know how to neatly pin and wear a dupatta. My dupatta is very long, back then the ready-made dupatta used to come in a standard length and for my short stature, one can imagine, it even was long enough to sweep the streets of Chennai. 😉
Several attempts of my teachers and even my school Principal were in vain. Finally due to me, the dress code had a small change by the end of the year. Yes, the frustrated-Principal after being self-punished with the task of pinning up the dupatta for me everyday, changed the dress code as Salwar-Kameez-Overcoat. 😛
For this reason, I prefer a jeans and a tops, modern wears are really better for me because I don’t know how to control the flowing dupatta falling on someones’s face/being an hindrance to the passers-by in vehicles/getting caught in the vehicles and tearing subsequently.
Today I was flipping through the channels in the morning as I needed some refreshments to start off the day. From music channels to news channels. What I found was weird!!
There is this reputed local news channel, which is viewed by lakhs and lakhs of people around the world. Their topic of discussion was “fair complexion is viewed as a correlation to higher societal status”. What the heck?
How can complexion be something that determines whether you are rich or poor? It can just determine whether you have a less/no melanin content or more melanin content. I can show so many rich men who do not have a fair complexion. And many fair complexioned beggars are also available in my city.
Another detail given was the increasing market for skin-lightening cream. I don’t basically understand. What can you do by lightening your skin? And they said so many peculiar answers, notably, a fair complexioned girl is more preferred for a marriage and most peculiar of all, light skin toned people are presumably more intelligent and brilliant in the eyes of recruiting HRs. Why would someone judge a person’s talents by looks rather than brains, but for the modelling industry? Remember one thing, no IITs or IIMs or MITs or Harvard University admits a student based on the beauty.
And few advertisements, to say something, are really senseless. If you use a skin lightening cream, you gain confidence to tell your dad that you don’t want to get married soon. You just need your voice to say you don’t want something rather than your skin color. Color discrimination is not done to you by another person, remember, its you who do it to yourself. Someone’s fear is another one’s victory, that’s the reason these skin/fairness creams have gained so much importance over your lack of confidence.
Ask any advertiser to apply this fairness cream on a crow/buffalo and make them look fair, then it is trust-worthy. A bear in Moscow is brown, in Asia is black while in polar regions it is white. Skin color or tone or texture depends on the region where we are and on the amount of exposure to sunlight. Where does status or richness or class come in to play in this?
Public media should not spread these kinds of rumors and should start spreading NEWS that can aim for the betterment of our society/country/world, there are so many other problems to focus.!!!