How come you look so much different in the photograph? Commented my friend who saw my picture in the magazine.
Do I look better than what I am, I asked expecting a compliment.
Certainly not, you look too serious which is unlike you, she said.
Soon after I rang off, another called to say for a writer of humour, I appear too grumpy. You could have put on a smile, she added.
Have you lost weight? Was the blunt query from a relative of mine who hadn’t seen me lately.
No, I don’t think so. But it’s good to appear slim, atleast in the photograph, I said, feeling happy at her observation.
Meera, I couldn’t recognize you until my son said it was your picture, said my elderly aunt.
Why did you have a doubt? I asked.
Because you appear atleast ten years older, pat came her reply.
Your sari looks gorgeous aunty, so does your designer blouse, beamed my niece, sounding all excited. For once your tailor seems to have done a good job, she said.
On reflection I realized all those callers were only talking about my photograph and none of them bothered to read what was written about me!
It also dawned on me why it is said, ‘a picture speaks thousand words.’
n.meera raghavendra rao