Much Ado About Nothing.

When I wrote All Hope Abandon Ye Who……., I either missed it or it was not mentioned in the article that led me to write that article that the survey covered only hipsters! Now let me quote from another interesting article in the Guardian – “The reason this was deemed newsworthy is because beards have become what we in the fashion column-writing business call A Thing, and the reason they have become A Thing is because they have become associated with a certain demographic called hipsters.”

This was in response to a reader writing in with this question – “As a near lifelong beard sporter, I was concerned to read an article in the Guardian last week saying that we have reached “peak beard”. What does this mean, exactly?
Jimmy, London”

I was intrigued enough to try and find our what hipster meant and must say that I am very relieved that I am not one. “Hipster is a term popularly used to denote a contemporary subculture in North America, South America, Australia, and Europe primarily consisting of Millennials living in urban areas.The subculture has been described as a “mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior[s]” and is broadly associated with indie and alternative music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility (including vintage and thrift store-bought clothes), progressive, independent, or far-left political views, organic or artisanal foods, and alternative lifestyles. Hipsters are typically described as affluent or middle class young Bohemians who reside in gentrifying neighborhoods.” – Wikipedia.

None of those qualifications apply to me, and I mean NONE. Particularly, the affluent part living in gentrifying neighbourhood.

To the best of my knowledge, my friends, Shackman, David and Mike don’t qualify either.

It is therefore greatly satisfying to me that I have not reached peak beard and therefore can keep my beard. So can my three friends listed above.

That leads me to the next development which was for my to change my avatar to one with a peruke following a suggestion from Grannymar. Now that my trademark beard is safe, I can revert to my normal avatar.

An interesting thought however is the suggestion in the article that “the only really impressive thing a man can do with facial hair is growing a Salvador Dal√≠-like moustache”. Let me see how that will look!

Steve Balmer, Thelma And Louise.

Life comes up with unexpected treats of various kinds, and it happened to me again. A friend of mine sent me a link to this fascinating speech by Steve Balmer at the Oxford Union Debating Society after he retired from Micro Soft. This video itself is worth spending time on.


Right at the beginning Balmer asks the students if they had seen the movie Thelma and Louise and most students look blank. He prods further by stating that this was the first film in which Brad Pitt acted. No doubt thinking that it would elicit some response from the female students sitting there, to no effect whatsoever.

I however remembered seeing this film on TV many years ago but did not remember seeing Brad Pitt or he did not register then. I therefore decided to send for the DVD and I saw it earlier this evening on DVD.

Quite why Balmer asked that question in the context of his speech beats me. Unless it is to point out that in real life many things happen to be people without any plan or purpose and quite often one just gets carried away allowing events to overtake one. Believe me, this happens in corporate life quite often and perhaps that is what Balmer wanted to point out and like Thelma and Louise do, corporations too can take off into the blue yonder like Enron did or our own flashy Kingfisher Airlines did.

Be all that as it may, seeing the film was an exhilarating experience and I enjoyed every minute of it despite seeing it for the second time, though after 22 years. The woman centered theme, the twists and turns and magnificent photography all add up to some awesome viewing experience. The Thunderbird as a serious member of the cast is very impressive too!


Rummuser With Peruke.

Grannymar made an excellent suggestion in her comments on my blog post All Hope Abadon Ye Who….. : “If you are worried about your image, why not bring back the peruke?”

So, I took the help of some graphics editing and came up with this version of me with a peruke.


Rather startling effect I should say!

Grannymar, do you think that my fortunes will change despite my beard if I were to look like this?

What do my other readers think?

PS. Having sneaked a preview, Manjiree believes that I should make this my avatar! I suspect that she wants me to be the laughing stock among her generation of friends.

Life has a way of bowling googleys at me. For my American friends, the equivalent is curve balls. Hardly had I reconciled to my ambivalent state vis a vis my facial hair, I come across this piece of writing that gives me some major complex issues. Should I shave my chest too?


My devious mind thought up all kinds of ideas to write about this topic but finally and considering the sensibilities of my readers, I decided to play it safe and seek the pardon of Will Knot who came up with this topic, but who unfortunately is tied up elsewhere and does not participate any more. I bet that if he was to return to writing on LBC every Friday, he will write about other undone things.

One of the problems that regular walkers and joggers face is the shoe laces coming undone which can cause one to trip and fall. It has happened to me and I went looking for solutions till I found these two clips which I would like to share with my readers as part of my contribution to the weekly Loose Bloggers Consortium where five of us write on the same topic. The four other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok gaelikaa, Maxi, and Shackman. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

And another simpler and as effective a method.

Knowing that some of my readers will shoot me if I do not come up with something more profound here are two more pictures.
If we sleep on flowers, it’s called our first night.”

“If flowers sleep on us, it’s called our last night.”

That is a whole life undone.

All Hope Abandon Ye Who…………


…… Who Keep Beards.

If you did not know, that is me.  Hardly any hair on top to crow about but a neatly trimmed beard.

Despite the absence of hair on the top I was hoping till about half an hour ago that I still have some chance with the ladies. My hopes have just been dashed. As usual, some academics with more money to spend than subjects to research on have found that I am now passe.

My bearded friends, we have two options. Bravely decide to stay with our single isolated status or shave the damned things off. I am opting for the former and modern taste be damned.

What about you Shackman and David?