Mooch nahien….

In Punjab, you’re a manly man if you have a moustache. The bigger the better. Even a finance or something minister had a handlebar, waxed upwards at the ends (he still does)! The parking guy at Avari used to have a really remarkable one too…big and bushy, it covered most of his cheeks. He doesn’t work there any more, wonder where he went? Anyhoo. What’s a moustache- however weedy- got to do with masculinity? I spent years trying to convince a cousin to shave his but until a few months ago he was adamant: mooch nahein to kuch nahien (international audience;) translation: if you ‘aint got a moustache, you ‘aint got nothin’!).

4 Comments so far

  1. MAHBOOB AHMAD (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 7:37 pm

    Not just Avari. The gatekeepers at every restaurant had to have big, Rajasthani moonchain. And most of them were short men, so the moonch looked funny on them. But, that’s so out of fashion now. Slight growths on your face in the name of a beard are okay, but moonch to ab koe nae rakhta yaar.

  2. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 9:03 pm

    lol.. here, my mother is somehow possessive about us having moochs! she doesn’t let me clear mine and says ‘banda chila hoa aaloo lagta hai’ :~{ take that.

    A little cousin of mine used to say when 2, ‘mush nai kush nai’ virtually expressing her very own version!

  3. maleeha (unregistered) on August 14th, 2005 @ 12:08 am

    mina, that minister you were talking about, was it naveed qamar? I used to think his moustache was really really funny. He’s a good speaker though, in a shaukat aziz sort of way, and he’s PPPP. :)

    And you made me think of the chowkidar at my junior school. He was a big guy with a massive moonch. We used to call him Lala…all I remember about him now is his blue uniform shalwar kameez and the huge moonch!

  4. hafsa (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 5:08 am

    try MP wala’s. those from an army background would relate.

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