This article is a tribute to a friend of mine.
The moustache,(derived from Greek mustax, mustache, upper lip) is a symbol of manhood in many cultures. Matter of fact there is a saying in kannada "jaTTi biddarU mIse maNNAgalilla(The wrestler fell but his moustache did not get soiled). A way of saying "Down,but not out".Such is the importance of the moustache and the pride
associated with it.
Moustaches range in shape and size from the grand Veerappan style to the pencil line style of the screen heroes of the 60s-70s(That is the normally seen ones I mean, for other categories http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/Categories/categories.htm).The Guinness World Records mention a 11 foot long moustache. hmmm....
Not that the moustache has not had its fair share of controversies over time. Moustaches were considered eccentric, barbaric and often were forced by law to be shaved. More trivia at the Moustache Database
We have beauty contests for women, with young 18 to 20 somethings strutting around on catwalks. The men are not far behind though, with the beard and moustache competition for the men to show off the grandeur of their facial hair to the world.
This guy in my college (to whom this is a tribute) had the grandest moustache of all of us guys. His nick name itself was "Meese" and his moustache made him the target of quite a few comments (which he took very sportingly). Some of them being:
"Half his weight will be his moustache"
"His moustache is too heavy for him. That is why he is short. It is pulling him down"
"Will he fly away if his moustache were to be shaved off?"
A moustache can come in handy if u want to avoid being detected by your boss. If you dont know what I am hinting at, see the hindi movie Golmaal. The story revolves around a moustache ;).
Confucious said that "A man without a moustache is a man without a soul", "A kiss without a moustache is like egg without salt" goes an old Spanish proverb.But whatever be the case, it is the clean shaven lot like me who keep businesses like Gillette profitable.
Long live the moustache.