[This post details my recent encounter with an ear cleaner in Koteshor, Kathmandu which reminded me of an incident that involved an ear cleaner in Old Delhi a few years ago.]
झन्डै पाँच वर्षअघि पुरानो दिल्लीको जामा मस्जिदका सिंढीमा बसेर भव्य लाल किला हेरिरहँदा मैले एउटा अनपेक्षित दृश्य देखेको थिएँ । एउटा अपरिचित ठिटोले मसँगै त्यहाँ पुगेका मेरा एकजना साथीको दाईने कान तान्न खोजिरहेको थियो । केटोको हातमा सियो जस्तो लाग्ने बस्तु थियो । तर्सिएकै त नभनौं तर अचम्मित मेरा मित्र अाफ्नो कान र अाफैलाई पनि जोगाउन प्रयासरत थिए । मलाई एक मन त लाग्यो हन के हुदैछ यहाँ । त्यही अन्योलको क्षण केटोले मेरा साथिलाई भन्यो- “अापके कान बहुत गन्धा है भैया । मै साफ करूँगा ।”
कान सफा गर्ने उसको पेसा रैछ । (त्यो दिनको घट्नानाबारे मैले यहाँ लेखेको छु ।)
केही साताअघि कोटेश्वरबाट दक्षिणपूर्व लम्किदैगर्दा मैले अर्को अनपेक्षित तर चाखलाग्लो दृश्य देखें जसले मलाई जामा मस्जिदको त्यो घट्नाना झलझली सम्झायो । ट्राफिक कार्यलय अगाडी अरनिको राजमार्गको पैदलपथमा टुसुक्क बसेका एकजना व्यक्ति मुन्टो बंग्याएर दाह्रा किटिरहेका थिए । अर्का व्यक्ति निहुरिएर उनको कान खोतलीरहेका थिए । त्यहाँ के भइरहेको थियो भनि खुट्याउन मलाई कत्तिपनि सोच्न परेन । केहीबेर त्यहीँ उभिएर घट्नाना नियाँलें ।
दाहिने कान खोतलिदै गर्दा ती दाजुको हातमा रहेको फोन बज्यो । शायद महत्वपूर्ण कल थियो त्यो त्यसैले उनले कुरा गर्न चाहे फोनलाई देव्रेकानमा टासेर । उनले त्यसो गरिरहदाको त्यो क्षण कान सफा गर्ने दाजु फुर्सदिला बने । त्यही मौका छोपेर मैले उनीसँग केही बात मारे । शुरूमा त मलाई उनको बोलीको लवज सुन्दा जुम्ला या मुगुतिरका हुन् कि जस्तो लाग्यो तर हैन रहेछ । Continue reading
For better hearing? @ Chawri Bazaar, Old Delhi.
@ jama mosque
I was sitting outside the Jama Masjid, on the stairs that lead up to the main entrance of the mosque. Gokul was sitting a few stairs below on my left. We were both watching the magnificent Red Fort in front of us. At least I was watching until something pulled my attention away from the Mughal palace.
A guy was trying to pull Gokul’s right ear. Gokul was trying to save himself and his ear from the ‘aggressor’. With a needle-like object on his right hand, as he tried to pull Gokul’s ear while Gokul tried to move way, the man definitely looked like an attacker. In the next instant I realize that I was not witnessing a fight. The ‘assailant’ wasn’t really attacking Gokul. But he definitely wanted to be in charge of Gokul’s ears for a while. He wanted to clean them. He wanted to do his job. He was an ear-cleaner. Ear Doctor of Delhi.
“Aap ke kaan bahut gandha hey bhaiya,” he said, “Main saaf karunga.” [Your ears are very dirty, brother, I’ll clean them.]
@ Jama Mosque, Old Delhi
A professional service provider wouldn’t behave like that with his possible customer. An ugly surprise and irritating insistence. The guy’s strategy clearly failed. Neither Gokul, nor I wanted him to clean our ears. As Gokul declined his offer, the boy came toward me. “It will take no time. Just Rs. 15. You just sit there and I’ll do the job with no harm whatsoever to you,” he said. “You will feel very good [after cleaning].”
It took me some time to convince that we were not there for medical purpose, we wanted to enjoy the view and surrounding. We were not there to do something that might make us deaf. We were not willing to let him insert that needle in our ears.
Thankfully, he didn’t say what a person says he heard from a desperate ear-cleaner of India: “His final line to me as I walked off:” writes a man on a web forum. “‘You must try it -it is better than having orgasm!'” Continue reading