Romantic Hindi songs have an interesting pattern

When the hero serenades the heroine, a lot of it is about her physical beauty. There are references to various body parts, often using metaphors. Eyes as deep as a lake, face as beautiful as the moon, hair as black and bewitching as a naagin…

However, when the heroine sings about the hero, there is rarely if any equivalent reference to his body. It is mostly about her own heart filled with his thoughts.

Tells you something about the formation/strengthening of gender norms through popular culture, doesn’t it?


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