The Earwax Cleaner of Lodhi Garden

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The Earwax Cleaner of Lodhi Garden

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wiry, young man with pointed sideburns and a well-oiled mop of brownish hair, frequents the park close to where I live. Dressed in ill-fitting trousers and oversized full-sleeved shirts, a leather satchel on one side, he has a ball of cotton wool stuck behind his right ear, and a sharp needle, about six inches long, over the left.

Twenty rupees is the asking price to have my ears cleaned, the dazzling kind of clean that J&J earbuds will never achieve, in full public view. I’m shy, but the offer of sparkling clean ears is seductive.

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