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Breath­tak­ing views and some spa pam­per­ing — can Baden Baden get any more en­chant­ing?

Wak­ing up this Fri­day morn­ing to find my favourite su­per­hero on the cover of wknd. mag­a­zine made my day ( Marvel’s Won­der Woman, Feb 17). I have been a fan of su­per­heroes since early child­hood when I dis­cov­ered Batman and Spi­der­man. I loved fol­low­ing their sto­ries and watch­ing their movies; I still do – but as a child, some­thing about them seemed off. It was only when I got a bit older that I re­alised that I was look­ing for char­ac­ters that I could re­late to — and there were none. As a Pak­istani Mus­lim, Ka­mala Khan has been an in­spi­ra­tion to me on so many lev­els. I have been fol­low­ing her since the in­cep­tion of the comic se­ries and judg­ing by her pop­u­lar­ity, I’mnot the only one. It’s amaz­ing to seemore di­verse char­ac­ters crop­ping up to­day, from Sooraya Qadir, aka Dust in X- Men to Isa­iah Bradley, aka the al­ter­nate Cap­tain Amer­ica. For chil­dren who are dif­fer­ent, rep­re­sen­ta­tion is im­por­tant. It gives them some­one to look up to. It shows them that any­one can be a hero, as long as they have good in­ten­tions and ac­tions. It is re­fresh­ing an­dand heart­warm­ing­heart­warm­ing toto see di­ver­sity in con­tem­po­rary me­di­awhere it can reach a wider au­di­ence and in­spire them to be a bet­ter ver­sion of them­selves. Here’s to see­ing more won­der­ful ar­ti­cles from wknd., and to see­ing more di­ver­sity in the me­di­awe en­joy. facts, while oth­ers may just be base­less ap­pre­hen­sions. If we give in to any fear, it has the power to ruin our peace and hap­pi­ness. But, when we an­a­lyse the fear’s root causes and deal with them through spe­cific ac­tions, I think this is what Sushmita Sen refers to as ‘ courage’. Thus we can use fear to our ad­van­tage. Sushmita Sen has clearly demon­strated this in her own life.

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