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Beauty myth?

Urban Company, formerly UrbanClap, has found a growth engine in the on-demand salon services. But can it afford the cash burn?

Vishal Koul

Beauty is but skin deep. Such an innocuous-to-the-point-of-banal axiom, but the line has a dangerous history. It is from a 17th century poem, written by a man trying to warn his friend of a duplicitous lover. It caused a scandal and even led to the poet’s execution. There are more details in that story, of royals and loyalists and romance, but you get the broad idea — that beauty cuts deeper. Centuries apart, Gurugram-based Urban Company (formerly UrbanClap) can vouch for this.