Oh, that face! 21/01/2013

A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
Oscar Wilde

I wonder what Oscar Wilde had in mind  when he said the above and  in what context. The other day I was watching a tamil programme ‘Neeya Nana’ where the topic of the debate was  a person’s Face. In his introduction the anchor  said  the word face appears as a prefix like  in ‘face book’, face value and we normally form our first impression  by looking at a person’s face which would also be our last impression.

Some  women participants said  one cannot  judge a man’s character by his face though it’s a cliché to say ‘face is the index of the mind.’ They cited examples of criminals whose innocent faces appear misleading. Similarly people  whose faces appear rough and formidable  do not reflect  their real nature.

Then  the anchor asked whether there was any  particular feature of their face they liked or  did not like  and wished it was  different.

A couple of  women said they liked their bright eyes which reflected their smartness but did not like their nose which according to them was too big, they wished it had been pointed. Also  that they  were fairer and  had better figures.

Male participants in general thought  they cannot read  the mind of women they meet and said women tend to express more through their  body language. The shorter ones wished they were taller and the ones with longish faces  thought they could be  slightly better shaped.

Man or woman, I feel looks are the be all and end all for a person. Probably a Married Man’s face is his autobiography  and  a married woman’s face is her work of fiction because she is able to hide all the travails she undergoes in her life, yet put on a smiling face!


n.meera raghavendra rao 


6 thoughts on “Oh, that face! 21/01/2013

  1. V Raghavan

    In case you didn’t know !!

    The face is a central sense organ complex that includes the hair, forehead, eyebrows, eyelashes, eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, nostrils, temple, teeth, skin, and chin. No wonder it is unique and is used for identifying people! The most famous face of all is that of Mono Lisa!!

  2. V.N.K.Kumar

    Appearances are deceptive. You are right when you say that most of the criminals have handsome features and hence are able to gain the credibility & acceptance of others before conning them. I think that undue importance is being given to facial features in our human society, which is basically the result of our genetic inheritance. What should be seen is what the man or woman has achieved in his or her life using what is inside their skulls instead of bothering about what is outside the skull of that person !

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