Part of the traffic scene throughout India , are women covered in vibrant saris , with long white gloves, mouths covered along with their faces covered leaving their eyes uncovered except some covered with sun glasses. As we traveled by rickshaws, we soon discovered the horrible exhaust fumes filling the streets and we would hold up scarves to filter our breathing. Some people in open traffic had bandannas which were worn to filter the air. T hey reminded us of bandits in the old movies with their noses and mouths covered and tied behind their heads.
The long white gloves were a mystery which was solved as we watched TV in the hostel where we lived. There were commercials after commercial for skin lighting cream. Next we noticed that most of the actresses and actors on TV and in Indian film were light or lighter skinned. Oh course, the unrelenting and powerful sun darkens skin no matter the the beginning skin tones!
We were very surprised because to us the young Indian women with their perfectly chiseled features, their petite builds. thick, and long, thick ebony hair were outstanding no matter the skin tone. As we mulled this over especially when out and about, a thought of clarity came to me. People in the US , usually the young among us would spend money, time, and risk getting cancer to sun bathe or tan in a booth in order to be darker.
Can it be that humans are just naturally dissatisfied and want to be this or that or have this or that. . . . . just be part of the human condition? I think so. . . . . . the human condition of dissatisfaction. . . . . .