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Friday - - Letters - JAYASHREE KULKA­RNI, ABU DHABI MEERA RAM­DAS, STU­DENT NI­LAN­JANA BHAT­TACHARYA, VIA EMAIL SARAH THOMAS, VIA FACE­BOOK

The story of Aus­tralian Bethany Marinello (‘Too ugly to love?’, Novem­ber 7) was ex­tremely touch­ing. Born with a rare dis­ease known as Neu­rofi­bro­mato­sis, which left her cov­ered in growths and cof­fee­coloured marks, Bethany was ridiculed, teased and taunted by her school­mates for her looks. She had given up hope of find­ing a true soul­mate un­til she met Paul, who saw her true beauty.

He loved her bub­bly per­son­al­ity, even call­ing her ‘Bub­bles,’ and in turn filled her life with sun­shine and cheer. Though he suc­cumbed to can­cer, he gave her the ev­er­last­ing and price­less gift of true love that Bethany will cher­ish for­ever.

I Bwas re­ally moved by the ar­ti­cle ‘Too ugly to love?’. Paul and Bethany prove that true love has the power to con­quer ev­ery­thing. ethany’s story in Fri­day’s ‘Too ugly to love?’ was very in­spir­ing. In a world where good looks are con­sid­ered more im­por­tant than the kind of per­son we are, this ar­ti­cle proves that we should stop ob­sess­ing over beauty and fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing whole­some re­la­tion­ships through val­ues such as com­pas­sion and re­spect for oth­ers. Bethany and Paul’s love for each other is a tes­ti­mony to that. I hope that as Paul is no longer phys­i­cally there for Bethany, she is able to find the strength to con­tinue liv­ing a ful­fill­ing life in the beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries that she shared with him.

Ku­dos on the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing di­a­betes. My mother is a di­a­betic and the ar­ti­cle was re­ally in­for­ma­tive. We all love Fri­day and can barely wait for the week­end for our copy. Ar­ti­cles like this re­ally help ed­u­cate ev­ery­one on their life­style – a big thank you to your team!

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