February 16, 2010

Hairy Hindustan is Over

Moustache (Moochch).jpgThe moustache, an long-time symbol of masculinity in India, is in danger of becoming an endangered species there. The younger generations of Indian men are choosing to go clean shaven, and their lady-friends think it's about time.

From the Washington Post:

"Our fathers thought they were not men without their mustaches. But 'hairy Hindustan' is over. It's old India. The mustache is for my father, not for me." - Nanda Kumar, age 26, after shaving off his moustache

I think it's rather predictable that younger generations drop customs of their fathers due to the changing of the times, but for me, the most interesting piece of the article was about moustaches and Indian barbershops:

"Indian barbershops have all sorts of names for the various 'stache styles, which they depict humorously on signboards. There is the "Handlebar," a classic twirlable curlable and a professional requirement for the doormen of five-star Indian hotels. There is the "Walrus," a large, droopy mustache that hangs over the lips. There is also the "Pencil Line" and the "Strap-On," or false follicles -- dyed black or stained pumpkin orange, oiled, conditioned and combed."

I don't think we'll ever see American men going to the barbershop and asking for a 'Strap-On'...

Image: Umesh Behari Mathur at Flickr

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Posted by Derek Markham at February 16, 2010 11:59 AM
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