At times I realize we have crossed the limits of blindly following the west culture. Making a great hullabaloo about the “No Shave November” is the recent one. It has gone viral over the internet and various social networking sites. What really annoys and irritates me is that 90% of men are ignorant of the real reason why this month is celebrated in such grand scale in the west.

No-Shave November is actually a program ran by an American Cancer Society annually in the month of November to spread awareness about Cancer. So basically when you sign up for this program you don’t shave, don’t cut your hair and restrain from grooming yourself and all the money that you would have spent on all of these should be donated for cancer awareness for the whole month. You show your support by growing hair which the cancer patient lose.

The crux of the program is missing and people take pride in posting pictures in full grown beard and mustaches. I haven’t heard of a single man who has actually done it religiously. If you are one of those few ones, you have my respect. Apart from the ignorance about the real issue what irritates me even more is that it has come up as a good excuse for not shaving for an entire month. I see so many men around me looking all messed up and shabby. Thank God the No-Shave November is over. 

A colleague of mine was summoned by his supervisor, he asked him the reason behind his shabby look. To his question he responded in a lot of panache saying “it is for the No Shave November, don’t you know about it”. My seat was two cubicles away from his and I could clearly overhear the conversation. The supervisor then asked him back “do you mind telling me what it is”, the naive colleague of mine took no time to spill all of his ignorance in front of him. I couldn’t hear much after that but the last thing that I heard was my colleague saying “I will take care of it from the next time”. I couldn’t stop laughing and that was the moment I decided this incident is worth a post.

This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at Blogadda, in association with Gillette.


I tag my blogger friends –

Anoop, who writes at TRANQUIL yet Alive
Nabanita Dhar, who blogs at Random Thoughts—Naba and
Asmitha , who writes at Asmithaaa to share their take on #WillYouShave activity. The word limit is 300 words. When you write, please mention that you picked the tag from me.

Here are the suggested prompts for the write-ups –

For men – 

  • Missed chances – Stories or instances where you missed out on an opportunity because of a non-shaven face.
  • Luck of confidence – Will you leave your fate in the hand of destiny or will you step up and say yes to a well-groomed face to be your best every day.

For ladies – 

  • An instance when stubble came in the way of a man’s chance to make a good impression.
  • An instance when a well-groomed look ensured that they stuck gold on an opportunity given to them.

This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at Blogadda, in association with Gillette.




  1. While I agree with the explanation, I believe it is referred to as Movember (‘mo’ from mustache and ‘vember’ from November. There is no beard included. The people who follow it religiously are not even permitted a goatee.
    About the office incident, all I can say is for the house to last longer, the foundation has to be strong.
    Thanks for bringing this up. I hope this clears the air for a few more people around 😉

  2. As Rajit said it’s just mustache. The website itself has logo’s of mo’s only.

    I also celebrated movember this year, but didn’t bother shaving at all. To be honest I was too lazy and my job doesn’t permit me to grow more than a stubble. I also don’t think there will be anything left to fund-raise if you groom your hair and your beard. I had to shave when I got blasted by my ops manager after around 50 days 😀 . But I can say that I celebrated ‘No shave’ November religiously.

    Ruby, I laughed my guts out when I saw your post and even more when I saw the nominations. Oh my gawwd hehehe.

    Thank you for the nominations anyways, will be easy for me to write about it. 😛


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