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The Public Opinion

I was sitting in the last row of the auditorium, waiting for the orientation session to begin. Among all the others seated in front of me, a gang of girls caught my attention. They were very noisy right from the start and the comments they were passing on each other were quite funny. From what I heard, I could clearly get that they were freshers right out of college. After a while, their topic of discussion turned to what I knew it would – Finding handsome guys from the lot and assessing them. How many times I have seen college girls do this! And it never gets boring to get the variety of views that rush through these teen minds. It never fails to take me back to those days when I was one of them.

By this time the presenters of the various sessions of the orientation were in and were making arrangements. The guy who was preparing the projector was Kashyap or so his ID card said and he was the then topic of the girls. The discussion went on as:

Divya: “Hey! Look at him, Is this how you come for a presentation?”.
Sneha: “What’s wrong with him? He looks good to me.”
Priyanka: “Are you mad? Just a formal dress doesn’t make you good to go for a presentation. Look at his unshaven face, gives him a lost look.”
Ria: Right, You know I have been in the college students’ council for 4 years and I have never seen anyΒ  guy come like this for a meeting or a presentation.”

The argument continued and as I listened on I could detect that girls take beards too seriously in men. I stifled my laughter and continued to eavesdrop.

Divya: Even among us, only you think being unshaven is cool. And I know that you think that on an informal note. (Winks)
Sneha: (Teasingly) Oh ho, so you are taking that line? You think I didn’t see you making eyes at that other guy? Uh.. What’s his name? I can’t see properly. (Leaning to see to his ID card)
Ria: You have gone blind. His name is Anurag and what’s with Divya and him? I didn’t notice.
Sneha: You are the blind one, she’s been looking at him ever since he entered. But I can bet my life that she only likes his looks because of his clean-shaven look.
Divya: What’s wrong with that? As long as we are assessing by the looks, I would say I am right.
Priyanka: Look at your guts. But, I too agree that Anurag looks way better because he doesn’t have a beard. If only Kashyap had shaved, sigh!
Ria: (Sternly) Shameless! Does any of you remember that we are not in a park but in an orientation for joining our company?
All the girls giggling together in chorus : (Teasingly) Ok Ma’m! Sorry Ma’m.
Ria: Shut up you guys!

As I looked at my watch, I realized it was time for the session to start. The orientation session went well and during our habitual chai time after the long day, Kashyap nudged me “Come on, Anusha! I won the bet, didn’t I? Isn’t that why Anurag is dodging me?”. I couldn’t contain it anymore. I started laughing out loud and amidst laughter, I explained how Kashyap lost his bet and became the clown of the circus because of his ill-wagered bet. Kashyap and Anurag were my best friends since school and fortunately we were in the same company and represented different sections of the company to new hires on the day of induction. They both had a silly bet of the role of beard in a guy’s appearance and had come to me for mediation. While I thought it was silly of them, I was interested in making a game out of it. I took the back seat before the session started, blending in as one of the new hires and was able to get public opinion about what current teens thought about the subject.

After I finished my narration of the entire conversation among the girls to a rather red-faced Kashyap, we dragged him to Barbeque nation for the treat he owed us.

Until later πŸ™‚
This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette. And I am not tagging anyone now as I am already a late bird πŸ™‚


  1. Uma

    Great attempt at the prompt. Initially, I thought it was a real-life incident you were narrating. Beards and moustache are huge factors for being either a turn on or off in guys πŸ™‚

    • Keirthana

      Thanks Uma! He he, I never thought so until this prompt triggered me to think about it. πŸ™‚

  2. K

    Nice one, a friendly take on the activity πŸ™‚ Guess girls do take beards seriously.

    • Keirthana

      Thank you! Apparently so!

  3. Friends4ever

    He he, that was a good one πŸ™‚ And I was wondering what you were gonna write for this prompt.

    • Keirthana

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  4. Soumya

    Reminds me a lot of my post πŸ˜›

    I loved the bet angle that you included!

    • Keirthana

      Yeah I had the plot in the draft and then I read yours. That’s why I told you now I am thinking what plot to write for this one πŸ™‚

      Then I figured I’d go ahead with a college twist as that’s what inspired the plot. Thanks Leo!

  5. rohan

    hmm,beard doesn’t suit every good looking guy,only few guys can look good with beard and clean shave.till date i dunno what do girls discuss among themselves.it has been mystery to me.

    • Keirthana

      True indeed, girls discuss a lot of things impromptu πŸ˜‰


    I hate beards but I love stubble. I dont like clean shaven men.

    • Keirthana

      For me, it varies. Depends on the entire look and whether the guy could pull it off.

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