An individual’s beauty, Sheru was told the other day, is reflected by her or his eyes. Sheru does not contest the `beauty statement,’ but eyes are of different types and perform a variety of functions besides enabling a person to see, or enhancing one’s looks. Eyes express love, anger, fear, depression, trauma and hatred.
People say that a former beauty queen has the most beautiful yes in the world. Sheru does not agree. One day Sheru happened to see a cat in his backyard. The cat looked at Sheru. He felt as if the former beauty queen was looking at him. The same colour, the same size and the same shine. People who vote the ex-beauty queen’s eyes as the best in the world have probably not seen the cat that roams in Sheru’s backyard.
Some people judge the beauty of eyes by measuring their depth and size. So far as ‘depth’ is concerned, Sheru’s extensive research has revealed that bulls possess the `deepest’ eyes. Of course, nobody would like to drown in the eyes of a bull. But this is a universal fact, and cannot be rejected to please someone who does not like bulls. Sheru cannot take the risk of annoying them. Daand (bulls) can also be beautiful – sorry, handsome.
And there are people who like large eyes. According to them, the size of the eyes is directly proportional to a person’s beauty. Again, Sheru does not agree. Big eyes, at times, look phuti phuti (blank) and, more often than not, lack depth. And then, ostriches have the biggest eyes on earth. In fact, their eyes are bigger than their brains, but serve no purpose despite size. When in danger, the ostrich closes its eyes and believes that the peril will stay far off. If eyes do not guide one in difficult times, why have them? Well, that is the ostrich’s problem. It alone can decide whether or not it needs such big eyes.
Eyes also tell a lot about personality. jhuki jhuki aankhen are considered a sign of haya (modesty). bheegi bheegi aankhen, on the other hand, do not necessarily mean grief. Tears that moisten eyes are sometimes khushi kay aansoon (tears of joy).
According to mental health experts, the condition of the pupil in the eyes tells them whether a person is haunted, or frightened, or suffering from depression or trauma. And Sheru cannot afford to ignore the age-old Kashmiri adage: lihaaz chu achan. This means that eyes command respect. That is why some people cannot afford to look into the eyes of those confronting them on issues or facts. It is called aankhen churana, and is always taken as a sign of guilt. Eyes reveal everything if one knows how to read them.