Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi ki Har Khwaish pe Dum Nikle

February 20, 2006

Hair Cut!!

Filed under: Life! — feelingroovy @ 1:55 pm

Yes I had one today at a shop that calls itself Smart Guy. In fact there’s a big chain of Smart Guy Men’s Saloons in Bangalore and I feel grateful to them for decding to open up an outlet in this campus too. 🙂 There is, however, one little problem with the barber they employ – he neither understands English nor Hindi. So after a a few experiences of sitting under his (un)crafty hands, I have realized that the best strategy there is too keep sitting quietly as he peacefully cuts his way through your hair. It’s not that the guy is rude or something – in fact he takes well any extra instructions from the customer. The problem is that his perception of the customer’s preferences are often far removed from the actual intent of the instructions. Moreover this satisfaction of (mis)understanding his consumers’ needs excites him to the point of acting more of an avid hair-cutter rather than a barber :-(.
As always there are some other things too that come with a hair cut like the satisfaction of accomplishing a project conceived long ago and progressively procrastinated for a long time, a much awaited bath and other material pleasures. Anyway, there’s a long way to go and more life to see before another such experience!



  1. nice! I can identify with your situation 🙂

    Comment by jigyasu — February 22, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

  2. behen de takke…agli post karega?!!

    Comment by Kohli — February 27, 2006 @ 7:23 am

  3. Kohli ki watt laga de – agla post kabhi mat karna 😉

    Comment by jhapk — February 27, 2006 @ 6:34 pm

  4. hey cheddi,
    some doubts !!
    do the smart uys only deal with men hair cut or ladies also ?
    secondly, is the language problem of the barber, a problem just at your outlet or at other places too ??
    kindly englighten me 🙂

    Comment by jhapk — February 28, 2006 @ 6:40 am

  5. Thanks ankur for identifying with me 🙂

    jhapk, I am glad you had some doubts. Asking questions is a good habbit. I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge and ability: –
    1> Smart Guy saloon is an exclusive men’s saloon. You may accuse it of being a little sexist that way but that’s not how I see it.
    2> Though I am not factually aware of the state of the other outlets, my optimistic guess says that the language barrier is a very local problem that plagues only this particular branch.

    Comment by feelingroovy — February 28, 2006 @ 11:11 am

  6. I think a guys saloon run by girls in campus will help the guys in IIMB relax for some time and take break from their busy schedule. This would also encourage them to take more frequent hair cuts, and for many, as in your case, more frequent baths ! And as you rightly pointed out, it may also help remove the sexist outlook of the campus outlets.
    Whats your opinion on this subject ??

    Comment by jhapk — March 1, 2006 @ 3:20 am

  7. I had a similar experience a few days back, and it was good. A friend suggested a really cheap saloon that will cut my hair for just $4. The saloon was owned by a Chinese person who knew no English and I know no Mandarin. When I entered the saloon, he was busy cutting someones hair, so he looked at me and I understood that I need to wait. After a few minutes, he looked at me again; he was now free to serve me. For next few minutes their was silence. Then he looked at me again, he was done with cutting my hair. I handed him a $5 bill. He looked at me, smiled, and took out a dollar coin. I smiled, bowed a little (Chinese way of greeting), and walked out (I did not have better way to say keep the $1 tip).

    Conversations can be more than just verbal.

    Comment by Nilesh Bansal — March 1, 2006 @ 8:03 am

  8. I daily check this page 5 times in a hope of seeing something new from the thinnest of all. but alas ! he seems too busy 😦

    Comment by jhapk — March 15, 2006 @ 2:29 am

  9. aby saale … why didn’t u mention the monetary benefits that u reaped thru ur first visit to “Smart Guy” … uske haircut ke baad tumhe 5 months ki chutti mil gaye thi … but for all those interested the cover photo tht i had put up for “Chetan Bhokaal Fan Club” figures cheddi a few days after his first tryst with smart guy …

    Comment by manas — March 19, 2006 @ 7:37 am

  10. sylvies in chandigarh is best and sylvies sector 34 is the budget saloon so, i pay for normal , and get service is really international feeling and mind relaxing hair cut,

    Comment by ricky — November 8, 2007 @ 12:35 am

  11. I really enjoyed reading your post, keep up writing such exciting stuff.

    Comment by frorgoriz — December 11, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

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