As a nation, why are we so obsessed with physical beauty?Check the gossip pages of any magazine in any Indian language, juicy stories about the actresses appear with monotonous repetition. Every Tom Dick and Harry goes tom-tom about some pose or the other of these women on social media. The circulation of the best of these photographs showing the physical beauty of the actress goes into several hundreds of thousands. Day in and day out, as a nation we seem to wait for the new photos from the women concerned.
Even in families, the ones who are beautiful and also dress very well, are highly appreciated. Ditto for handsome men. They are the subject of some gossip or the other. Of course, such men are rare but beautiful women are not. However, after a few years, in many cases, the women are not able to preserve their beauty for whatever reason ( no offense meant), and the gossip returns to more beautiful young women.
Is this obsession with beauty not excess in our society? One does not hear such stories from the advanced West. At least, gossip about beauty does not seem to be there.