27 August 2007

All about moustache

I have a thin moustache and I have been keeping it from my late thirties. I am very much in support of sporting moustache as it befits a man. It adds dignity to one’s personality. But my young daughter is very much against moustache. She always insists on my shaving it off. But as a man with a moustache I can not contribute to her opinion about moustache. She like any woman can not offer a valid reason against keeping moustache. I have been telling my daughter- reminding her of the fact that majority of the great men-and men of repute other that of film and TV media had moustache. I can not think of Einstein as a clean shaved man. The votaries against moustache may say that it was an old world of habits. I tell her that the dress code for women getting closer to that of men –the women folks may lose interest toward their boy friends in a future not too distant. We must examine the matter clearly. We can never want to see a lion shaved off his mane. The people of this time are of lighter vein. And I must say that modern man has lesser sense of beauty than the people of yesteryears. Look at the beautiful architectures even of the eighteenth century Europe and compare it with that of the US now. The sense of beauty has no relation with modernity. Modern man must find his own way to create in beauty. But he has no right to define beauty to suit his necessities and lower desires. T.S. Eliot did not need to be a Keats. He had his own way and that is also beautiful. But I am getting too serious (not for my moustache) to tell about moustache. Let us see what AMI (American Moustache Institute) feels in this matter. Tom Shipman’s reports in THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Mark of a man in fight for respect-In America, twin battles over what to wear
“America has not had a moustachioed President since the back-to-back administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, a century ago. Washington, Aug. 26: America’s biggest cultural battles normally rage around the notorious trinity of guns, gays and God. But where pressure groups debating abortion and the right to bear arms have gone before, a new campaign is following — fighting for every American’s right to bear hair on their upper lip. Campaigning against what they say is widespread and unacceptable discrimination in the workplace and society, the American Moustache Institute (AMI) is vowing to restore well-tended facial hair to the noble status it enjoyed in the Seventies. The institute is now dedicated to fighting to create a “climate of acceptance and understanding” for all moustached Americans alike. The evidence that this is one more minority group with reason for a grievance is compelling. A recent poll found more than half of American women would refuse to kiss a man with a moustache. Others have said the look reminds them of Village People, Seventies porn stars and rednecks. Last year the US Supreme Court ruled that it was permissible for a trial lawyer to throw someone off a jury using the pretext that they have a moustache. The AMI stands ready to assist any American who claims they have been discriminated against and wishes to bring court action. Executive director Aaron Perlut, 36, a public relations executive who sports a Fu Manchu-style “horseshoe” moustache, told The Sunday Telegraph: “There’s no question that there exists a measure of discrimination. People feel they have to shave before a job interview. We view ourselves as the American Civil Liberties Union for the moustache. But we know that we can win over young people for whom a moustache is a perfect means of self-expression — and it’s easier than a tattoo.” He dates the death of the moustache to the departure from American television screens in 1984 of news anchorman Walter Cronkite, owner of “the most trusted moustache in the media”, and the end of Tom Selleck’s reign as fictional private eye Magnum in 1988. New York city controller William Thompson, who is expected to run for mayor, has just shaved off his moustache in preparation for the campaign.”[© -The Sunday Telegraph & The Telegraph,Calcutta]