Happy or happily ever after?

By Antara Kar

Contributing Author for Spark Igniting Minds

We have been told bedtime stories for centuries. They have been the source of inspiration that shaped our childhood dreams – yet, fairytales are riddled with archaic stereotypes.

Pick stories of Cinderella and Rapunzel. Both have a commonality – a villain (witch), a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, and a happily ever after the end.

But have you thought what Snow White and Sleeping Beauty have in common? Think of something apart from shining skin, glossy hair, an hourglass figure, and a life full of misery. Well, it so happens in those tales that one fine day, the damsel in distress is rescued by a prince charming who comes riding on a horse and takes her to his palace.