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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019
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Pravat Kumar Padhy
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India


To Have and Have Not

To my surprise, yesterday I met a college friend without his usual moustache and felt as if he was a stranger. I greeted him fondly and we didn't discuss his reasons for shaving it off. And I wondered, should I follow suit?

After a bit of research, I learned that it has been a fashion of late to not wear a moustache. Indeed, college students seem to be letting their faces be as natural as a newborn's – neither beard nor moustache. I read about the historical, socio-psychological and socio-religious aspects related to facial hair.

Moustaches are thought to represent the masculinity and aggressive posture of man. Consider how the twisted up moustaches of the 18th- century Hungarian hussar cavalry units contribute to their fierce demeanors. On the other hand, recent styles tended to be worn by prominent personalities of different fields – politics, films, science, art, and literature. Thus they might represent warmth or attractiveness.

I’ve had my moustache from an early age. With the passage of time, it slowly changed colour to white. In recent years, I've applied hair dye in an attempt to keep a more youthful look.

coin toss –
heads, a new me
in the mirror


Note: To Have and Have Not is the title of Ernest Hemingway's 1937 novel.

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