Thursday, May 31, 2012


The phrase ‘The eyes are the windows to the soul’ aptly summarizes the significance of the eyes in the human anatomy. On the one hand the phrase implies that the self can experience and revel in the beauty of the world around when the sight taken in through the eyes touches the soul. However, a more intriguing interpretation could signify that the EYES bring to the fore one’s feelings, emotions and passions for they Express Your Emotions Silently.

The most glaring example is the glare that one unconsciously gives when annoyed or angered. The eyes are also notorious for shying away when one is coy and for suddenly avoiding another’s gaze when lying. The there are sleep deprived droopy eyes and weepy eyes that are moist and filled with pain when in deep sorrow or anguish. Fear is another dominant emotion that the eyes easily betray. When one is very angry, the eyes blaze and there is pure ecstasy that oozes when one is joyous and happy.

The eyes have a very significant role to play in various dance forms in India. Kathakali in particular, is a dance form that lays great stress on the eye movement to make the dance and the story come alive and bring to the fore the varied emotions as they unravel itself on stage. It is also conventional for master sculptors particularly those who sculpt images of gods and goddesses to chisel out they eyes at very end as the Pièce de résistance. Ironically, it is this unconscious but blatant revelation by the eyes that make many a politician and celebrity very uncomfortable and perhaps that explains why most of them make public appearances sporting dark eyeglasses which act as style statement while masking their emotions. The first image that comes to mind when we hear the word pirate is a person with an eye patch ; an ominous image if any.

It is obvious that the EYES have a very unique role to play in everyday life. On one hand they help us experience the realities of life both sad and gay and on the other hand they are the window to our own thoughts and feeling for they Express Your Emotions Silently.

Action Points:

What do the following expressions (which have the word eye in it) mean
-       An eye for an eye
-       Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder
-       To be caught in the eye of a storm
-       Keep an eye out
-       Catch someone’s eye
-       To have a bird’s eye view

Who or what is
-       A private eye
-       The eye of a needle
-       The eyes in a potato
-       An eyelet

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