Thursday, August 17, 2006

Wanted: Doormen

The tribe of tall, bearded turbaned doormen - a fixture in most Indian upmarket hotels is vanishing says Hindu Businessline.

"Beard-and-turban is linked very closely to Indianness. Foreign tourists are easily impressed seeing doorkeepers in ethnic attire, turbans and beards. But their being bearded is only `preferred', not essential, ," said a senior official of Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Mumbai.

Well, it is surely impressive the first few times and it suits hotels themed on "palace" or "fort". Some doormen are pretty impressive and imposing - and thats one of the objectives too, I guess, unstated. As regards vanishing, well, if someone is tall and all they need to get a decently paying job (and tips perhaps) is a great moustache I am sure, people will acquire one by hook or crook!

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