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Monday, August 21, 2006

Doormen In Demand

It is not just the hotel rooms that are in short supply, the impressive doormen also seem to be hard to find. Business Line reports about the sudden shortage of hotel doormen. With the job requiring the doormen to stand all day, it is quite understandable that people are shying away from such jobs.

According to industry peers, there is no `perfect candidate' for this post, as the desired criteria for appointing a doorman cannot be adhered to the point.

Doormen should essentially be tall, well above 6 ft, and well built. They should have a very warm disposition (and that even includes a good `white' smile) and an impressive posture. Indian hotels such as Taj, Oberoi, Ambassdor and Leela prefer bearded doormen. This helps them to be very `Indian' at the first point of reception, they say.

The job profile of doorkeepers is very ornamental in nature. It is one of those very few vocations where a chair is not offered.


Talking of doormen, I'm reminded of a similar looking doorman at Sri Krishna Sweets in Pondy Bazaar, T Nagar. Do you know whether the guy is still around?

Singapore's Raffles Hotel has gone one step ahead and is offering some merchandise related to doormen.

8 Comments:

  • impressive doormen needed, will provide chair.... hopefully people will respond to that :) good info i can recommend a few people :)

    By Blogger smiley, at 9:17 PM  

  • NO takers for the job,becoz' they may have to deal with people like parthiban..LOL
    (If my memory serves me right, the movie is Pudiya pathai")

    Word verification now : Fkonme :-(

    By Blogger Adaengappa !!, at 9:56 PM  

  • @Smiley,
    even if chair is provided, they might not get to sit for a long while.

    @Prabhu,
    I need to watch Pudhiya Paathai again to understand the joke.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:33 PM  

  • dude i sent u a mail . so far u have not sent any reply . i asked abt univ and job opp in singapore

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:54 AM  

  • based on our culture, we tend to think of doormen as servants. in the west they are considered glorified greeters. big difference in position and attitude. our doormen give you a better service, like usually going out of the way with your luggage etc. in the end they hang around you, and get a tip. the western guy at the most might open the door for you, and in order to live upto HIS expectations, you tip (often over tip him):) this is a fact.

    By Blogger phantom363, at 2:46 AM  

  • @Phantom363,
    well said. agree with u on the point about the roles performed by doormen in the west and the east.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 2:33 PM  

  • // a similar looking doorman at Sri Krishna Sweets in Pondy Bazaar

    u mean the doorman with a long moustache - similar to vadivelu's in imsai arasan??

    He wasnt there when i last went there!

    By Blogger Aravind, at 4:33 PM  

  • Your post reminded me of Parthibhans joke after reading first few lines.

    By Blogger Yadayada, at 4:44 AM  

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