The cat in Sheru’s backyard made eyes at Sheru the other day. The cat’s eyes reminded Sheru of a former beauty queen said to have the most beautiful eyes in the world.
The same colour, the same brilliance, even the same sting.
Sheru was set pondering.
People who swear by the eyes of the beauty queen have never gazed into the eyes of cats.
Nevertheless, they have a set of parameters – depth, size, shape, shine and sting.
People get drowned in large eyes, but people are also known to have been lost in small and sleepy eyes.
Then there are sharbati aankhen. Poets say they are intoxicating. If that is true, what can sharabi aankhen do?
Some say they make an impact.
A lawyer in Kashmir said to possess a sharabi pair of aankhen tried them out on Sheru.
The lawyer dared to look into Sheru’s eyes, but had to lower his gaze after a couple of minutes.
There is something in Sheru’s eyes as well.
But Sheru is surprised that no one has commented on Sheru’s eyes so far.
If they cannot see the beauty in Sheru’s eyes, the fault is entirely theirs.
Sheru’s wide-ranging experience in the field tells Sheru that bulls have the deepest eyes.
This is a universal fact, and cannot be denied just to please someone who does not like the bull.
Sheru cannot take the risk of annoying the bull.
The bull too can be beautiful…sorry, handsome.
And there are people who like large eyes. The larger the eyes, the more beautiful the person, they say.
But Sheru does not agree.
Large eyes sometimes look phuti phuti, blank, and lack gahrayee, depth.
Doesn’t the ostrich have the largest eyes in the world? In fact, bigger than its brain?
To what purpose?
When danger comes, the ostrich closes its large eyes, believing that danger will not come close.
If large eyes fail to see danger, why have them?
Well, that is the ostrich’s problem.
Eyes also speak a lot about a person’s personality.
jhuki jhuki aankhen, for example, are a sign of haya, or modesty.
bheegii bheegi aankhen, on the other hand, do not necessarily mean grief. Sometimes moist eyes reflect joy, as in khushi ke aansoon, tears of joy.
Specialists in psychology say that the position of the pupil tells them whether one is haunted, or frightened, or suffering from depression or trauma.
And how can Sheru ignore the age-old Kashmiri saying – lihaaz chu achan, that is, eyes command respect?
That is why some people cannot afford to look into the eyes of those confronting them on issues or facts.
This is called aankhen churana, and is always taken as a sign of guilt.
Eyes reveal everything, only if one knows how to read.