Just then, my daughter jumped up to see which photo we were discussing. She said, "Amma, it is not how you look but how you danced!"
Stunned at this piece of wisdom, I asked her what she meant. "Grandfather said you were dancing like a teenager, doing the thoppukaranam (sit ups done before Lord Ganesha) with ease."
This pose was at the fag end of the varnam, by when I had already danced for 30 minutes non-stop on stage. I was tired but not out. I went on to do two more items without fatigue overpowering me. I had felt one with myself throughout the show, feeling the emotions flow freely and my feet and hand move agilely. Why then should I apologise for how I looked?
I posted this photo as it is. But I promised myself, next time, I would not give myself any reason to feel embarrassed.