Moustaches are fascinating and the keepers with good or unusual moustaches do get a second look.
In India, more in the South than in the North, it has long been popular. However one has to concede that keeping moustaches has, by and large, gone out of fashion in India as well as abroad.
The most impressive moustaches that I have seen belong to Shukla Ji whom I met in Allahabad three years back. We had a little chat wherein I told him about my interest in, and fascination for moustaches, and he gladly and somewhat proudly posed for my photographs. He told me that he retired from UP Police where he was in the Police Band.
In 1916, the regulation was dropped and troops were allowed to be clean-shaven again. This was largely because such a superficial requirement was getting ignored in the trenches of WWI, especially as they could sometimes get in the way of a good gas mask seal.
Beard and moustache growth was common in India where bare faces were seen as being juvenile and un-manly, as well as in Arab countries where moustaches and beards were likewise associated with power.
Moustache got out of fashion by the 1950s. It had become a joke thanks to Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx and an international symbol of villainy thanks to Hitler's toothbrush and "the huge laughing cockroaches" under Stalin's nose - the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam paid.
‘In one P.G. Wodehouse novel of 1954, Bertie Wooster tries cultivating one to give himself a dashing air. It is stigmatized by Jeeves, that infallible arbiter of fashion, as a "dark stain like mulligatawny soup".’
In the present day's strong media penetration, one needs an honest international survey amongst women to find out if they prefer men with or without moustaches.. ....
Take a look at my collection of photographs of men with moustaches- good, bad and the ugly!
I met Shri Balwant Singh outside the town park in Sector 5 of Panchkula. He gladly agreed to pose for me.
This smart army man posted at the Kargil war memorial explained the Kargil War to our travelling group in 2015, with an amazing mix of enthusiasm and calmness.
Moustaches in Hindi films were worn mostly by villains, and only some times by heroes.
Actor Amir Khan
Rajnikant, Rajni Sir to his millions of fans, looks cool, with or without moustaches.
Actor Ranveer Singh has given a new lease of life to moustaches not only in Bollywood, but throughout India.
The incredibly handsome & moustachioed Sean Connery
These Hitler style moustaches sported by him in the film 'The Dictator' remained with him in some other films also.
Kaiser Wilhelm the German Emperor during the First World War.
Charles De Gaulle - the French
Joseph Stalin - the Russian
Oversized moustaches of Bulgarian revolutionary Hitov.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first President of Banga Desh on its formation.
And to end up, imagine what would be the top news in the media if Mr. Barack Obama or Mr. Putin were suddenly seen with moustaches?