You’ve got to ‘hair’ me! Ironical as it may sound, it’s right when I’m desperately looking for a hair stylist who can chop off my hair, browsing through reviews put by other women on certain ‘girlie groups’ that my maid narrates to me the incident (various incidents) of women’s hair, braids to be precise, being chopped off by some fantom barber. “Toh mera address do na”, I tell her. And she stands dumbfounded. To humor her further, I say “Tum toh baal baal bach gayi!”. Ok, so now she’s annoyed and petrified to the extent that she narrates two more stories, and what, with double the fervour. This hair chopping scare is ‘hair’, there, everywhere!
So we grew up reading this amazing fairy tale from the West about Rapunzel who had beautiful luscious hair, that her Prince Charming used to climb up to her palace every evening. Till a wicket witch cut poor Rapunzel’s crowning glory. It seems that the witch has now immigrated to India, Gurgaon Sector 50 to be precise! (I didn’t know this is what the realtor meant, when he said, it’s a place straight out of a fairy tale!).
Strange and bizarre, but over the last few days, many women in villages in Delhi, Gurgaon and across Haryana have complained of their hair being chopped off while they were either sleeping or unconscious.
Many such incidents have been reported to have happened in Mewat in Haryana and also Sector 50 and thereabouts (My Wonderland). Panicked villagers suspect ‘black magic’ and have been resorting to superstition to safeguard themselves – such as hanging chillies and lemons to ward off evil spirits. Rumours, ghost stories and suspicions of witchcraft are being bandied among villagers, while women have been advised to tie their hair or cover their head while travelling.
It’s difficult to sift what is real from the chaff. The incidents have been blamed on several ‘culprits’ – strange-looking men, a woman dressed all in black and even a woman who took the shape of a cat.
One thing is for sure. The service is currently limited to certain areas only which are inhabited by gullible, mostly illiterate populace! And the fellow is only chopping braids! Why? Is the Jaya Prada look from yester years coming back in style?!!!
While counselling my gullible house help has been a futile task, I still want to contact this invisible barber and ask him/her if it’s good with chopping my hair in layers and few bangs on the forehead. Haan, another question, “when will you start waxing service?”. There’ll be many volunteers like moi to avail free waxing service! “Kripya flyer baantein service ke saath”.