This question was posted on women.com and I
also read an article I believe in Rediff.com that made reference to an article in the
Washington Post about Indian women, the work place and body odor.
It is true, there are Indian women and Indian men in the work force
today who are emitting unpleasant body odor. I have witnessed it first hand and so have
hundreds or thousands of other people. But why, I ask myself do these people not wear
deodorant? Can it be that they are not aware of the foul smell or are they not aware of
such a thing called deodorant, do they not bathe or could it be a medical problem with
them. The answer could be anyone of the above.
And yes I know its not only Indian people but also Pakistani,
Chinese and the list goes on. But hey, I cant educate the entire world, only the
part I belong to. What can we do the help our fellow countrymen and women to smell
pleasant? Ok who is going to be the first person to tell them that Hey you
smell. That is probably the first obstacle, no one will tell them, not their
co-workers, friends or family whether they are Indian or American. Okay, Ill do it.
Hey you with the sweaty underarms, can I talk to you for a second?
not too close please, YOU SMELL!
There I did it. Problem solved? Wish it were so simple.
it be because of religion or culture that someone would not apply deodorant? I dont
think the Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Jain, Jewish, Buddhist or any other religion
states "Thou shall not apply deodorant". There should be no reason why anyone
should not wear deodorant. I mean, it is part of our everyday life. It is personal
hygiene. We wake up, use the toilet, brush our teeth, take a shower, dry off and
apply deodorant. Period.
When I was in college and over the summer working at our
familys gas station there was a guy working there who recently came from India.
Working in the sun all morning and afternoon and running around
boy did he stink. I
noticed it, the customers noticed it but I dont think he noticed it. So one day I
took a deep breath and built up my courage and told him that he stunk. I was right, he did
not notice it. He asked me what he could do about it. I purchased a can of deodorant
spray from the pharmacy next door and told him how to use it. The next time I saw him, he
didnt stink. I stood next to him without trying to hold my breath. He said he feels
fresher, he doesnt sweat under his arms as much and he smells good. In fact the
other guys in his apartment started using his deodorant too. They used it like perfume.
if you use deodorant you will attract that pretty girl or guy in your class or the
programmer two cubes down or you might get a raise (I would give you a raise) or
anything. God knows you will get something if you use it once. That's all I
ask, please use it once. Hopefully it will become part of your daily routine.
For those of use who are using deodorant daily, thank you.
How can you make a positive contribution to our community? If
you see (or smell) someone who smells bad, whether at work or at home tell them politely
and suggest to them to use deodorant. Also tell your co-workers whether they are Indian or
not that if they run into a desi who smells bad not to be afraid (or run) and tell them to
use deodorant. Soon we will be the freshest smelling people. That is my dream.
Even the people in Scamway, I mean Amway, can help, because Amway
sells deodorant! They can sell the deodorant to these people and become a Diamond in no