Musings on baldness: The Hindu Open Page
BALDERDASH AND WORSE ON A CURE FOR BALDNESS*
Anand R Raghavan (email@example.com)
“After a few years, the bald patch at the back of my head made itself visible in the mirror.
An unexpected traitor who arrived with the swiftness of shock. I gave up and went back to my mother. She was always a persuasive and positive person, but those powers seem to reach their zenith as mine collapse. So she took me to another homeopath, a low-profile but highly endorsed gentleman.
His clinic was reassuringly spartan. It reminded me that glitzy marketing very often decouples capability from wealth. I walked in, sat down and asked him if he could treat my balding condition. He said he could, but before that, I must first accept that I was balding. It was a piercing precondition.
In that dingy room across the table from this sage-like doctor, instead of disappointment I felt sheer relief. Years of accumulated ruminations leaked out of my skin and flowed back into the earth. Shortly thereafter I began shaving my head, and set myself free.
My mirror is now relieved of the burden of my memories. The world looks different now, even though most potatoes still look the same.”
*The Hindu Open Page, August 20, 2017