Saturday, April 30, 2005

Yesterday, for some reason, I was suddenly reminded of my grandfather's barber. He would come every alternate Sunday to give my grandad a haircut and a shave. There was this ledge in the front yard - just enough to seat 2 people crosslegged and high (for quite a number of years I would have to clamber up that ledge).
He would arrive sharp at 7am and without even announcing his arrival at the house go straight to the ledge. He would first seat himself and put his bag in front of him. He would then spread a small black cloth in front of him and carefully take his instruments out of the bag and put them on the cloth. These generally included a knife, scissors, a small mirror and some other stuff which I dont remember.
Then my grandfather would come and sit opposite the barber. And the process would begin - a haircut and a shave. Most of the time, it was done in total silence - once in a while, my grandad would say a word or two, as if to break the silence. The barber would reply when required of him and then get back to his work. Though the same barber came every other Sunday for many years, I never knew his name. Unlike in a lot of short stories, he never made friends with the wide eyed child in the house who would come running as soon as he entered the yard and sit staring at him till he left.
Yet I was fascinated by this ritual. Indeed, it was my long cherished dream to have a haircut by the barber. I would imagine how it would be to have a haircut the way my grandfather did. It was something I looked upon with awe and even a little fear because, for some reason, I imagined that if I wasnt careful the barber would cut my ear!!It was a cause of great grief to me that my mother never let my hair under the barber's scissors.
Well, the end of the story is that after my grandparents shifted to Duvvada, I never saw the barber again and completely forgot about him. And suddenly, yesterday, I was reminded of him.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

go ahead and get ur head tortured by a lady barber. who is stoping you. of coure if u think u wd look bald . u cn alway use a wig . daily of different style.

write som e stuff na .. ur summers i alo chilled. after a long time u r posting a blog.

write some long and intretinf stuff...

bbye
tc

bj said...

sweet...u have way too much free time...

Anonymous said...

Ramya,

Today I was walking past E block where Prof N.M Agarwal sits ,when i accidently saw your write up ( the learning diay of leadership course). I had enough time to go through it in some detail and here are my responses..i would say a kind of deep and sincere spontaneous reaction

It was a great experience going through your learning diary. It was as though i was reading my own thoughts. How similar are these dilemmas and confusions. I must appreciate you for your integrity in putting down ur thoughts without much sothistication, a kind of error I do whenever asked to put my mind on paper. And when you do that you give others to realize how similar we al are in our existential issues. Reminds of this character in 'desperate housewives' who always tries to look perfect. We all are in some sense followers of that cult ...

well one point of difference. I also faced this question of finding different values at work in IIMB. But could realize that all these apparent differences in social life is another 'noice' and deep within the silence remains same whether you are with ur family , friends, or in IIMB. I didnt find any reason to change my core believes ( leave alone values ..a sense of right and wrong ..which i think is hard coded by whoever created us) . Do you really think values are variables which takes different values over time with increased knowledge and exposure. Well I seriously feel values are a different sort. defenitely not a learned entity....

Likes to have more conversations with you ...
On why im remaining anonymous...maybe i dont feel courageous enough to say that i read ur 'personal diary'

Bye for now

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Anonymous said...

woah!! i dint read this anon post till now!! itz bin like almost a yr!!
now please ping me n lemme know who u r

Ramya

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