Many years ago, I fell in love at the proverbial first sight. In the first sight, believe me or not, I did not see the woman! So, what did I see? I saw her nose!
She was standing beside me (thanks to the haphazard queue) and my glance from the corner of my glasses landed on her nose and then the glance became a gaze. It was a heavenly nose: Greek nose, long, straight line from top to bottom (a la Meryl Streep) with specs resting on it.
Figuratively speaking, she ‘dug her nose into my heart’ and when out of the trance I discovered that the face that complemented the nose was enough to launch a poet in anyone, to say the least. I wrote these lines few years later (excerpted from my poem on her):
Nose is often the beauty of the face
And that with her is indeed the case.
If you see her nose, your heart will race
You’ll lose your sleep, you’ll lose your pace!
Her face indeed is the most beautiful
Innocent like a baby going to school!
Short hair, long nose and her glass
She is this world’s perfect lass!
God I think has been rather unkind
To all other women and mankind!
For except her one may never find—
The confluence of beauty, brain and mind!
Methinks eyes have been given disproportionate attention and credit while determining the parameters of female beauty. Eyes are okay but the pride of place should be occupied by the nose.
I look at every female nose with some interest and compare it with the most beautiful nose I have known (which belongs to ‘S’– my unrequited, one-sided love discussed above). While I have special affinity for the straight Greek nose, other kinds of noses too interest me.
Sometimes, the nose when looked laterally is more beautiful and appealing than when seen face-to-face. I also believe that simple glasses are the perfect topping for the female nose though the nose ring and goggles also look wonderful. I also find high power glasses quite complementary to female beauty.
The female nose or the female face also has its beauty augmented manifold when a tissue is applied to it. A female wiping her face/nose with a pure white tissue is a delightful sight to me. What a pity, girls in my hostel hardly use tissues! I am hard-pressed to find a female in JNU using tissues.
They sing paean to Aishwarya’s eyes. I say replace those eyes with any other set of eyes and it will not make a big difference to Padmashri Aishwarya. But what if you replace her nose with any other?!
I seriously think nose deserves the lion’s share of credit for the physical beauty but eyes have been undeservedly getting the credit since the beginning of time! Strange are the ways of the world! Or maybe I am the odd man out!
BTW, baby’s running nose is another heart-stopping sight.
Someday I will write an elaborate essay arguing in favour of the nose because it is a lot of skin off my nose whenever the eyes are admired instead of the nose.
Edited to add: Click here to read a poem on the MALE NOSE (“Greek God like nose”) by Alice.
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