Image: Roband Sara
Competition winner in Pushkar
A man without a moustache is like a cup of tea without sugar. Or so the saying goes. A look at these photographs shows that many Indian men are still having their tea with sugar, and lots of it too! There are even competitions for the longest beard and the longest moustache held throughout India every year. This man won the competition in Pushkar, Rajasthan, and seems extremely happy and proud.
How much attention is paid to Indian beards shows the recently released book, Hair India: Bizarre Beards and Magnificent Moustaches of Hindustan, by Richard McCallum and Chris Stowers. The duo followed Indian men for two years, sprouting their own beards to break the ice, and clicked hundreds of photographs – while they still could. The BBC jumped on the bandwagon and declared, India Moustaches ‘Face the Chop’ in a 1st January 2009 article. But whether this is true remains to be seen and will depend on etiquette in offices and the wearer’s tradition and culture.
This man is so famous, he has to hide behind black glasses – indeed he gained entry into the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest moustache. Here he’s dressed for the occasion and has picked the perfect spot in front of one of Rajasthan’s great structures, getting himself clicked for a few rupees. But how does he ever cycle or eat soup with that thing?
Leaving the long moustaches now, this man’s moustache is quite a common sight on Indian roads. Is this still a moustache or a moustache cum sidelocks? In any case, this is a very well-kept specimen with a proud owner.