A Modern Day Fairy Tale

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Hideous. Ghastly. Hateful.
The words dominated her mind as she glanced at the mirror. Her world was clearly shattered. Her vividly imaginative mind allowed her to believe that the mirror was taunting her for her looks and questioning her beauty. She shut her eyes tightly, for she wasn’t in fear of the world but herself. Thoughts about her failed marriage and its aftermath petrified her soul to such an extent that she broke down.
There were no birds on the window seal to lend their wonderful voices and weave a song to calm her horrified soul. No mice to bring in some comical touch to her life’s dreary story. She dreamt of a Prince Charming but her Prince’s charm was a mere disillusion. She uttered a yelp to her Godmother, for she wanted the magic of life to be back, so that she could be the same shimmering herself that she used to be six months ago.
All of a sudden, she realised something. Her conscience hit upon her so hard that she remained still for another hour. Then, the most unexpected situation occurred. She stood up, gaped with astonishment as she took a look at her disfigured face, which was once as beautiful and blissful as it could ever be, until the attack of sulphuric acid which left her with one eye blinded and epithelial cells of the skin, lifeless. But, enough is enough.
Neither was she a damsel nor in distress, anymore. She couldn’t be a lifeless log floating in the river of life with its aim being nothing.
‘I’m beautiful. The most glamorous girl I’ve ever known. How does it matter to me what the mirror says about the beauty which is only virtual, far from the real. I no longer wait for my knight in shining armour to enter into the scene as a saviour and shield me from the criticism I may have to face. I-am-my-own-true-hero. I’m bold and unsuspiciously stunning. And I need not prove that to someone else.’
For the very first time, she could see herself smiling, that curve on her face sparkled like a gem. She had made up her mind to live, live for the sake of herself and her family which loves her way too much, irrespective of the drastic change(albeit virtual).

She finally found her own Charming hero who would love her because of the precious inner beauty which no one could ever steal from her, the wonderful Godmother who would guide her through her struggles, the birds and mice who would dance in jolly when she would attain the success she’s striving for. All of them were right in front of her, as she gazed at the mirror with a novel aspiration.

~Anshika M Jhamb

Peacock Mantis Shrimp- The Beauty With Beastly Powers!

Peacock Mantis Shrimp- The Beauty With Beastly Powers

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Don’t go by its astounding beauty, this creature holds the capability to smash and shatter any animal that dares to cross its path.

They belong to the group of marine crustaceans and are widely found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. These animals have the most complex eyes in the world with 16 colour receptive cones while we humans have only three. Not only can they move each eye independently to keep track of their predators if around, but also can perceive ultraviolet light. But wait, there’s more to this animal. Lot more.

An attack by the Mantis Shrimp’s deadly appendages is 50 times faster than the blink of a human eye. Literally, the speed of its punch is almost equal to a 0.22 caliber bullet.

Mantis Shrimps are divided into two groups- the Smashers who cut off the limbs of their prey and the Spearers who stab fishes with its sharp and pointy appendages. Truly, they are indeed one of the world’s most violent animals. Their appendages are so quick that the water around them boils and when these bubbles collapse, they cause intense underwater shockwaves which can kill its prey in seconds (if they weren’t able to kill in the first go) This process is known as supercavitation.

Now that you’ve found out how cool this underwater animal is, you might be wondering how on earth is this animal not housed in the aquariums. Well, this animal will then destroy its fellow mates in the aquarium and might even break the glass and attack humans. Indeed, outrageousness and villainy cleverly hidden by enchanting beauty.

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