Throughout history, redheads have been feared and revered, loathed and adored, degraded and exalted. No other single human trait has provoked such a dichotomy of emotions in such a large number of fellow humans. It is as boiling is to freezing or despair is to hope. It is as hate is to love. There are degrees of reddishness when referring to hair, including ginger, auburn reddish brown , and strawberry blonde.
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By Stephen Matthews For Mailonline. A young woman born to Indian parents with red hair, white skin and freckles has spent her life being shunned and bullied because people think she's diseased. Pooja Ganatra, 24, who was born in Mumbai, has flaming ginger hair, deep emerald eyes and white skin - like that of a stereotypical Gaelic woman. But the proud Indian was actually born to 'typically Indian' parents who thought her freckles were a birth defect - and have no idea where her unusual looks come from. Miss Ganatra's appearance, believed to stem from her ancestors, has made her feel like a foreigner in her own country - with Indians staring and asking for pictures. It could be her appearance was triggered by an 'evolutionary throwback', called atavism, to genes that had been passed down from her ancestors after laying dormant for years. Because of her complexion, strangers are often shocked to discover she speaks Hindi and try to charge her tourist prices because they think she is a backpacker.
Red hair or ginger hair occurs naturally in one to two percent of the human population , appearing with greater frequency two to six percent among people of Northern or Northwestern European ancestry and lesser frequency in other populations. It is most common in individuals homozygous for a recessive allele on chromosome 16 that produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. Red hair varies in hue from a deep burgundy or bright copper , or auburn , to burnt orange or red-orange to strawberry blond.
With red hair, green eyes, white skin and freckles, Pooja Gantra could easily be mistaken for an Irish lass , but the year-old was born in Mumbai to Indian parents. Her parents were stunned when she was born and even thought her looks might be the result of a medical condition. Read More: Cloudy weather could have caused Celts' red hair.