The Bad News Barber of Kuala Lumpur

Inside an Indian Barber in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is a story about a haircut, some bad news, life in Kuala Lumpur, and crocodile poop.Before I set off for my first trip abroad to India many years ago, I harbored visions -- visions of mystical women in colorful saris who would place their hands upon the crown of my youthful head and say, “I see great things in your future.” Through osmosis, I would absorb … [Read more...]

The Barber of Leon: A Living Time Capsule, A 360 Degree Panorama

Ah, the local barber. A ritual, a comfort of home.Not so for me. Every haircut is a new adventure: a different country, a new language and yet another man with scissors (or God forbid, clippers) who has his own ideas about style.During a recent ear-lowering interlude in Leon, Nicaragua (see our 360-degree panorama photo below), it struck me that barber shops … [Read more...]