So very true, especially in India where fair skin is considered beautiful and that given more importance than intelligence and inner beauty and good heart. Hence there is a rush for everyone to beauty parlour to make themselves fair and stylish. Alas the common and poor people are left out because not everybody will be able to afford beautifying themselves in the parlour. The aspect of smart and beautiful as considered by society also helps at time of getting job and shining anywhere. This is a curse for India because majority of Indians doesn't have a fair skin. Indians are more of wheatish shade and they are not white skinned compared to Europeans but many of Indians who has a lighter wheatish shade thinks they are fair than others. Such thoughts are a curse for India where our culture emphasise beauty to good inner heart and dharm and karam and equates beauty to intelligence and helping others like Mother Teresa.
being attractive might be paying fat paychecks, but sooner or later performance matters. Then the awakening and lay offs.
Those attractive but unproductive will be laid off or shown cold shoulders. What matters is delivery and accomplishments. Those although not flashy but diligent and consistent and emotionally stable always wins.
Our earnest efforts to create a digital India and move away from a black economy. We dream of an India where skills are valued more over gender, caste, region, looks and even education. Secondly, most of the elite would prefer work satisfaction over salary. Request rediff to play a responsible role as it has a power to influence the youth.