I remember when I first appeared on the television in a current affairs programme where I interviewed three journalists (post emergency), I was ushered into the green room and the makeup man applied a base and literally coated my face with layers of powder, applied kajal and lipstick and said I was ready for the shoot. Since it was a live telecast, I couldn’t see how I looked. However I was happy to know people who watched the programme say I did a very good job, asked very relevant questions and appeared very professional. Excepting for a few who remarked on my appearance saying I looked much fairer than what I really was and I told them what makeup can do to a person. This happened in my subsequent appearances through the years I interviewed achievers in various field. Later When I started writing books and was interviewed for the print, I was happy I could do away with the makeup part because all that was important to me was not how I appeared in the photograph but whether my readers enjoyed reading my books (seven till date).However, to my surprise and disappointment, I had similar experience when my photograph was carried in an invitation to my book launch recently, followed by press write-ups. The first thing a few people I know said, ‘I think you should go to a beauty parlour before an event.‘
Probably one can look beautiful and perhaps a little younger with dyed hair and makeup but if someone wants to look natural and their age, the choice should be left to them, don’t you think so readers?