Year: 1991 The young man had reached Kolkata from his place of posting only the previous night. He had hurriedly collected his documents and interview letter from home. The reservation had already been done by his father. He was going to Bombay (now Mumbai) for the first time to appear in the interview for selection of Bank Probationary Officer.
Gitanjali Express slowly started moving. His father, while biding him good-bye, gave his last instruction before the journey. He told the young man to trim his moustache after reaching Bombay. The young man remembered the instruction. He mentally noted to find a barber's shop immediately after reaching Bombay.
The train was running as per schedule. The young man was happy, he had prepared properly for the interview. He had studied all the relevant books, prepared the questions which are generally asked in the interview. He had stood before the mirror and practised answering the probable questions days after days. He was fairly confident because of his level of preparation and positive outcome of his previous interviews.
The train reached Gondia Junction on time. It had a scheduled stop at Gondia. However, even after thirty minutes, the train did not start moving. The young man got down and tried to know the reason for delay. Nobody was forthcoming. Ultimately, after more than three hours the train started moving again. But the train started moving at snail's pace. He came to know that there was a small accident on the track and the trains were moving in single line. That was the reason for the delay. Tension started brewing up within him.
Ultimately Gitanjali Express entered Bombay VT (now Maharaja Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal) at 1:30 at night! It was abnormal delay. The young man got down from the train with his luggage. He came out of the station but did not have the courage to ask any taxi-driver to take him to a hotel at night. He decided to wait at the station till the morning. By any means, he had to attend the interview that day itself.
At around 4:30 a.m, the man came out of the station and took a taxi. He gave the taxi-driver the address of the Banking Service Recruitment Board (BSRB), Maharashtra region, and asked him to take him to a hotel near to that place. The taxi-driver took him beside the famous Gateway of India. The young man could not search and he rented a room in the first available hotel.
After checking in, despite trying his level-best to remain awake, the young man fell asleep. He got up at around 8 in the morning. He was instructed to report for the interview at 10 a.m. He remembered his father's instruction and hastily got down to find a barber's shop but unfortunately could not locate one. He returned to the hotel room, and for the first time in his life, he tried to trim his moustache himself. After thirty minutes of serious efforts, his moustache bore a close similarity with the famous moustache of Charlie Chaplin!
He dressed properly and started for the interview. He reached there by around 9:45 a.m. But little did he know that his problem was going to begin just then!
At the gate, the security people cross-checked his photo and declined him permission to enter the BSRB office because his face did not match his photo (due to his peculiar moustache). After a lengthy conversation with a senior official he was ultimately allowed inside. But unfortunately for him, on the previous night, the Government announced a proposal of pledging of gold kept in Government treasury for the first and only time in the history of the country. That day's newspapers were full of that particular news-item. Although the young man generally read and still reads more than one newspaper every day, he could not read the newspaper on that very important day!
Ultimately he appeared before the Board. There were four members in the Interview Board. The young man had prepared various types of questions, but did not prepare question about his own moustache. The Chairman asked the first question about his peculiarly-trimmed moustache. From moustache the discussion shifted to Charlie Chaplin. The young man could not answer satisfactorily.
The second person started asking about the current news. He started asking about the proposal of pledging the country's gold and the impact of the same on India's economy. The young man was almost blank. He did not get the time to read that morning's newspaper. The third person started giving lecture about the difficulties which the young man would have to face in case of his selection and posting in the rural areas of Maharashtra. The fourth man simply disposed him of.
The young man came out of the room totally dejected. He never bothered to check the final result.
This is the story behind the only unsuccessful interview (till date) of the now not-so young man. He holds his Chaplin-esque moustache responsible for this setback. After returning to Kolkata, the man shaved his moustache. Till date he has not grown his moustache again.
That was a funny reading and the author has to be complemented for bringing the element of laughter through this article which can be taken even seriously by those males who wont care by the appearance of their mustache on their face. Please note that face is the index of mind and the interviewers would watch our way of walking, way of talking, our dress sense, our face expression on emotions and exclamations and finally our face is widely watched for the details in it. Surely mustache plays important role in grown up male and those who trim the same with great interest would also look nice for the others.
I enjoyed the entire story of a common man and his moustache. That is why we are often told to shave beard and moustache whenever heading for an interview. While going for an interview, the panel look after everything of us. They have a keen attention towards our representation towards them. They properly look how we are exposing our views to them.