I decided to get a hair cut after watching a T Rajendar video(scary resemblance you know!)
I went to the 12th Avenue Green Trends, where all the cool people get their hair cut! (Hey I am also cool bro!)
I park my bike amongst the annoying array of bikes and scooties parked. Two people from O2 are promoting their gym on their 10th Anniversary(Thanks to the evergreen Nina Reddy) in the parking lot. I carefully dodge them and land up straight in the reception.
Me: Hi. I need a hair cut(cutting my hair with an imaginary hand-scissor)
R: You have to wait for 20 minutes.
Me: Alright :). How much is a haircut?(Usually I dont ask about the money to save my imaginary coolness in front of complete strangers)
R: 180 rubees.
Me:(For 180 bucks u could buy 3 or 4 fake Jeffrey Archer books in Pondy Bazaar. I asked for a normal haircut with stainless steel scissors. These guys tend to include the inflation, exchange rate fluctuation, and all.Probably if Iran closes the Hormuz, they ll increase it to 500 bucks. ) Hmm… okay!
I knew that I had two hundred rupee notes and had nothing to worry about. (as cards wont be accepted since the machines there are out of order ever since Obama was elected to presidency)
I was browsing through an O2 promo magazine with a certain kollywood comedian recommending it ( absolute crap). I noticed an article about high class society ladies(50+ grannies wearing all that low neck stuff) going for boating and all. Damn! Only if I could drink from the fountain of youth when I am 40! I place the magazine back to its original position and I browse through my phone. I noticed a girl looking at my phone with disbelief, probably she expected a much better model than the one I had. Possibly her maid had used that phone model and disposed it 2 years back. Bored, I leave the place for a hair cutting alternative. This time I was caught by the gym lady and the dude.
GLady: Can I do a basic free health check up.
GL(to the Gdude): Check his height and weight.
GD: 179 cms, 71 kgs.
GL: BMI correct. Sir can u please hold it like this.
She gave me a video game joystick type thing. It had some tiny fluctuating images obesity, thin, muscular before it showed one image- latent obesity
She showed her calculation as to why I need gymming. I nod my head, collect the three day trail pack and escape from that place. I started thinking. Why does a hair cut cost 180 bucks? Even a year back it was only 120. 60 bucks increase in one year! While riding through my locality I decided to get my hair cut in Olympics hair salon(neat small place). The experience was a transforming one.
It was simple and people were not trying too much to be what they werent. I got a haircut for 70 bucks and paid 20 tips to the guy. I told him that it was 15 years since I came to Olympics for a haircut and the guy appeared to be least bothered about my story and goes back to doing his job.
Businesses like Olympics need to be supported. All you tambrahm fellows, I know we have become cool over the years having cash to “invest in ourselves” (The term is very misguiding!) but we shouldnt forget that once upon a time we went to the nearby Olympics shop with our dads for a 40 rupee Crop Cut. 😛