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A hair raising question!

Discussion in 'Cheeniya's Senile Ramblings' started by Cheeniya, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    The six decades of my life so far are not certainly of biographable quality but I have been through moments that might very nearly qualify for the same. These moments, which I am able to mull over now without any feeling, like a cow masticating its breakfast, were at the material time something that shook the very root my existence. There have been several incidents that made me run the whole gamut of emotions from A to Z. They always brought people scurrying to me in an expression of joy, anguish, anger, disappointment and censure depending on the nature of the incident. But so far I have never had so many people expressing such divergent views at any situation as I am now facing, the subject being my new beard.

    Beard is nothing new to me. I have sported it ever so often before but presently it has become the center of controversy because of its sheer magnitude. My previous versions were kind of meek affairs aimed more at diverting people’s attention from my receding forehead. The present one has literally made me appear faceless, having covered every available space in my face and the only point of resistance being my nose!

    Right now my face may not be the one that launched a thousand ships but it has certainly caused a thousand eyebrows to rise in an expression of incredulity. Solicitous enquiries keep pouring in wanting to know if there is any murky reason behind my beard. Everyone seems to believe that behind every beard there is a murky episode and the longer the beard the deeper the murkiness of the episode. What stuns me is the unanimity of the view that every beard must have a reason behind it. No one is willing to dismiss it as a mere whim of a lazy man.

    I have now come to the definite conclusion that hair, too much of it on the face or lack of it on the head, will never cease to arrest people’s attention. The fast disappearance of hair on the head, being a fate that befalls a majority of men, is merely observed but not discussed while the facial one does excite every one’s imagination.

    All this boils down to one point. People attach more importance to hair than any other part of their body judging by the number of references made to it everyday. Enormous amounts of money are spent on preserving it both quantitatively and qualitatively on its appointed place. More than 50% of TV advertisements relate to concoctions that make it stay rooted to its place without changing its colour. They tell us sordid stories of jobs lost and husbands going astray due to lack of attention paid to keeping the hair healthy, happy and smiling.

    What puzzles me is this. When hair occupies such an eminent position in a human life, why does anyone use it as a preferred epithet when it is required to reprimand an adversary in the lowliest possible terms or to express lack of interest in any specific material possession?
     
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  2. Vidya24

    Vidya24 Gold IL'ite

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    Cheeniya,

    And back to form! This one was good.

    As you say, a hirsuite face is not very preferred when a man is beyond middle age. Unless he is on the religious route and a beard is his signature.My dad sported a smart moustache till the end, in spite of my mom cribbing that he should succumb to removing it. Recently, I saw Khana Khazana Sanjeev Kapoor sans his moustache. While it made him look middle aged, I too felt that as his constant viewer, I must have aged too.

    I come from trivandrum where the people retain many small town courtsies. Anyone sporting a beard (out of age and occasion ie non Sabarimalai season) is promptly asked if they have skin disease on the face. Know what, no more do beauty therapists tell ladies to use amla and shikakai for long tresses.They recommend a visit to the nearest trichtologist.

    Hope to read more of your works!

    regards
    Vidya
     
  3. sathya

    sathya Gold IL'ite

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    hello

    reminds me of a poem for children in tamil..


    kaattu paakkam thathavukku
    kaadu pola thaadiyam
    maadi meethu nikkum bothu
    thaadi mannil puralumaam
    andhai irandu
    kozhi maina
    koodu katti maghizhumaam

    cant remember the rest...

    all the same hope u r living in the first floor
    and the birds do nest...

    ahaha

    sathya
     
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  4. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Vidya
    My beard is neither religious nor my identity! Its the quintessence of my laziness but while writing that blog, I took a few liberties with my beard saying it is wild and covered my face in its entirety sans my nose! Actually its as well trimmed as possible.
    But I must say this. I get my inspiration for my new blogs while twirling the fungus with my fingers!
    Regards
    Sri
     
  5. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Satya
    What a beautiful thought!
    But the birds may feel a bit disappointed that I cant provide them a decent roosting place!
    Reason #1: I live in ground floor.
    Reason#2: They may find it tough to cope up with Kithu, my grand daughter who lays sole claim to my beard and can be very hostile to any encroachers!
    Sri
     
  6. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Sri,
    The topic is very enjoyable to me mainly because my father sported a beard. I was so fascinated by it, the way he trimmed it, "maintained" it, stroked it gently when he was in a pensive mood.

    Infact, I secretly nursed an ambition before marriage that my would-be-husband should sport a French beard ! - I used to think, that gives an intellectual look! Well, that was not to be !!

    Now, my nephew sports a beard like his grandfather & I think, nobody can match him in smart looks ! When I mildly suggested to my son to grow a beard, he said "Pomma, enakku jail kaidhi look ellam vendam" !

    Well, my most favourite pesonalities are the big B & Prannoy Roy for the above reason !

    Love,
    Chithra.
     
  7. chitrajan

    chitrajan Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Sri,

    Well, well, what subject do we get now!!

    The only condition that hubby had at the time of marriage was that I do not insist on his removing his beard and he maintains it with a lot of love !!! and care !!! more so now with salon treatments and colourings etc. Makes me think that it has become one of his main pre occupations in life to ensure that it is at the same length (read health) always and the greys do not show. He has grown up on Big B's films and I dont have to stress from where he is inspired

    Now my elder son is at the sprouting stage where is is worried whether whether it will grow properly or not :idontgetit: --- Is it something worth worrying -- I suppose it is a boys version of puberty worries. As I write this now, he gleefully informs me to tell that he has got his first shave.

    Caught between these two men and their hair raising tales, I really enjoyed your rambling.

    Great going, Sri.
     
  8. Lavanya

    Lavanya Bronze IL'ite

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    I think its the same with girls too... Most women spend a lot of time on their tresses as a part of their beauty regimen. Also the converse in women is true where they spend a lot of time & resource to get rid of extraneous hair especially with a whole line of doctors manufatured for that sole purpose. Also out here in the west nails are big thing. Whether people have a good clean place to live in or not, they make sure that they visit a nail salon & get their nails fixed. I guess everyone has their own priorities in life!!
     
  9. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Chithra
    Pensive moods and stroking beards are inseparable! So much so, even when I stroke it or twiddle with it for want of anything better to do, my wife immediately asks me, 'Enna periya yojanai?'!
    No other part of our being can be as lovingly close to us as the beard we grow!
    In fact I can go into rapturous text on my beard but I restrain myself realising that it is a predominantly Ladies' Site!
    And by the way, havent you added me yet to that list that contains only two names?:)
    Sri
     
  10. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Chitra
    I can see a kindred soul in your husband! Let me tell you this that a man who grows a beard and lovingly tends it will be extremely sensitive, warm, loving and would be willing to take a benign view of everything that happens around him.
    Nothing soothens our bruised souls or troubled minds than stroking our beards. It is perhaps this great utility value of a beard that prompts all jilted lovers to grow one!
    Sri
     
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