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Friday, May 16th, 2003

Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Shaving Story

A "hair razing" anecdote

Today is Buddha Purnima — the appearance day of Lord Buddha.

Since it's a full moon day, most of the devotees here in the Math shave their heads. It is the first time that I have shaved my head since taking sannyas two months ago.

Gopal Prabhu will act as the barber today, and as everyone changes into their gumchas, I elect to go first.

I do not particularly like the look of the razor (one of those old-fashioned safety razor contraptions that my dad used to use way back in the 60's) and am about to suggest that he use my more modern made-in-the-USA-so-you-know-it's-good Gillette disposable, but, remembering Goswami Maharaj's advice, "Don't always try to do things the western way in India," I keep my mouth shut.

To my surprise, the "old contraption" works remarkably well. In fact, if we had used the Gillette, it would have probably clogged up. Whaddaya know? I wonder where I can get one of those...

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