Beard and its advantages
The sight of a bearded man raises a question mark in our mind.
To grow or not to grow!
We consider beard-keeping as being just the following of the rules of one’s religion or the principles of one’s political party or merely the whims of a wandering mind.
In the present times the idea of growing a beard has appealed much to the fancy of men. Some have been attracted by the artistic advantages, others for imitating great men like Bernard Shaw, Rabindranath Tagore, Aurobindo Ghosh and other philosophers, poets and painters.
Whatever are the factors that force a man grow beard, more forceful than these factors are the definite advantages of growing a beard which cannot be overlooked.
The bearded man enjoys a great hygienic advantage. Medical science has proved that regular shaving weakens the teeth and the eyesight. The Pathans, the Afghans, the Balochs, the Sikhs and others who grow a beard have sound teeth and good eye-sight. In fact, the dentists and opticians mostly have their clients from among those men who either shave or get themselves shaved.
Beard is too good for hiding one’s facial handicaps like marks of leucoderma or scars left by wounds on the face.
Growing beard has its disadvantages too. Sometimes it results in certain skin diseases like scabies and ring-worm. Also one has to spend much time on the maintenance of the beard applying creams, Vaseline and hair-fixing oils to keep one’s beard shining and intact.
Now, time to decide to grow or not to grow a beard!