Mitra was in high school. Prerna , her best friend was very disturbed after the English class, where the teacher pointed a mistake she wrote. She had mentioned, “that man was beautiful”. “Prerna, beautiful is a word coined to describe beautiful, because it is a composition of love, affection, elegance, pride and being pretty. Men are described handsome as this describing word is a composition of smartness and being cool”. Mam did not make any mistake but the students, especially the boys burst out laughing. While she crossed, they giggled, “hey, Prerna, show me any beautiful man you know”. Prerna saw Mitra and her eyes burst into tears. She felt so embarrassed. Mitra just said, “its ok”.
Next day, Mitra came with a photograph. With English teacher’s permission, she showed this pic to everyone in class and asked, “how is the photo?”. “Wow”,”cute”,”sweet”,”lovely”, exclaimed everyone. “Beautiful”, said the English teacher. That is when Mitra’s eyes saw Prerna with comfort.
“Thank you all for the compliments, especially our English mam who pointed it rightly. Yesterday all of us were giggling when Prerna wrote, “that man is beautiful and we raised an interesting question , ‘can men be beautiful”. This photo is an answer to this. By the definition of beauty, in this pic, both my dad and my granddad express their love,affection with pride in this pic. And yes, their respective daughters bring out the elegance and pride. So, the answer to our question is , ‘yes, a man will be beautiful as a father, expressing his love to his daughter’ and only those who experience it will be able to understand. Prerna will forgive the bullies, after all, she is a daughter of such a beautiful father”, Mitra finished her speech and went back to her seat.
The first clap was from English mam , followed by each and every student in class. Prerna could not thank Mitra enough.