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