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Close shave: Rahul daCunha captures Mumbai's hair cutting saloons

As "hair cutting saloons" are gradually becoming "hair styling salons" they exist as remnants of a city that was.

 |  Wandering Eye  |  1-minute read |   08-01-2015
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They are a landmark of Mumbai. They blossomed when the city was named Bombay.

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And as "hair cutting saloons" are gradually becoming "hair styling salons" they exist as remnants of a city that was.

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These are barber shops where a man goes for an hour of tactile leisure to get away from the hard rigours of living in this teeming metropolis.

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The main purpose is of course "baal kataane". But a sublime shave and a relaxing head massage make the whole experience worthwhile.

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These shops can vary from the roadside one-man-and-his-scissor set-up to corner shops with maroon coloured rexine swiveling chairs.

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They also serve as alpha male meeting points where everything from marital discord to macho achievements are discussed.

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All in all, this is the place where hair-raising tales are discussed!

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Send Rahul your story pitches and photographs: nomadiclensman@gmail.com.

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Rahul daCunha Rahul daCunha @rahuldacunha

Mumbai-based photographer.

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