They think they taunt me
by calling me “Mitti”.
But, I am proud
to be like this earth.
I am soft and coarse:
resilient, brown and
Whether you derive your hue from
limestone, loam, peat or clay
Of this soil we are:
Together, let’s play.
POETRY FORM: NAANI
NAANI is a Telugu poetry form popularised by a famous Indian poet Dr.N.Gopi. It consists of 4-lines with 20-25 syllables. It can be written about any subject.
In this post, I have written 3.
INSPIRATION/CAUSE FOR THE DAY: #DARKISBEAUTIFUL
How do you fight something you believe is the truth?
I am the first one to point fingers at myself. I am biased. I am partial towards people of lighter colour. Aren’t most of us?
It has been a snail-paced and difficult exercise in un-learning biases and re-defining beliefs when it comes to ‘knowing’ that skin colour does not determine whether you are beautiful or not. How often have you seen a dark guy/girl with a fair kid and wondered if that is the caretaker? It still happens to me, even when my intention is to not be biased and I repeat to myself: Skin colour does not determine status or success. Skin colour does not determine how educated a person is.
But, these biases are deep-rooted in our systems, so much so that we associate light skin with ‘beauty’, ‘brains’, ‘wealth’, ‘success’ and a lot more, especially in India. The cosmetics industry nurtures this obsession to sell more products. Even the men aren’t spared with products saying ‘FAIR IS HANDSOME’!
I have written about it before, here is an excerpt from that article:
We have miles to go before we reach a place where we can say “Dark and beautiful” or the Classifieds will say Wanted:a Dark Bride or parents will let their kids enjoy the sun without a care in the world.
And I will write about it again. The more we talk about it and explore this issue, we are one step closer to weeding out these beliefs. The movement DARK IS BEAUTIFUL by Women of Worth works towards this end and has been a great source of awareness for me and many others. At the least, follow them on their facebook page where they share many purposeful articles and perspectives.
Here is a 40-second video from their page.
If you are influenced by this cause and decide to use it as an inspiration for a poem/article, do leave the link in the comment and I will be sure to read, comment and share it.
For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.
“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”
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