Inspiration Untangled



My thick, black hair is one of the many features that I have inherited from my paternal grandmother, one I always took for granted…. until recently.

Yesterday, as I spoke to a dear friend about having noticed my hair beginning to fall out more in the bath, when I brushed or even when I ran my fingers through them, I recollected a particular incident that had occurred in the recent past.

As I had stood brushing my hair one evening, I took notice of precious stands falling off around me and some tangled onto the bristles of my hairbrush too.

I worried and absentmindedly expressed my fear aloud, “At this rate, I will soon be bald.”

“Then you must collect them,” came Sid’s quick reply.

“Do you know that the seniors in my school cut off their hair and gladly donated it to cancer-afflicted children who could do with a wig. You could also collect the strands that have fallen off and it will come in handy when you are bald.”

My son was having a light-bulb moment but why was I feeling hurt!

“At least it will be your own hair,” he said matter-of-factly.

“That is a great idea,” I mumbled.

“Maybe I could collect them and donate it to help cancer-afflicted children,”   I added as an afterthought, hoping to impress him.

“What will you do when you go bald then?” he asked in all innocence.

I looked down at the strands of precious hair and wondered if my son did have a point; but with a conviction that my insides failed to mirror, I said, “I won’t, my dear.”

When all else fails, inspiration takes over.

Nothing lasts forever –  not 500 and 1000 Rupee notes, not the shocking surprise of the poll results of the USA Election 2016 (Mr. Trump being lately branded as the catalyst of ‘change’), not even genetically- acquired thick, black tresses!

It is about time I untangled myself from my ‘hairy’ woes and take the inspiration (and my son’s advice!).

Quoting Sudha Murthy from her book, House of Cards – everything that exists must perish.

So enjoy every moment of dear life while it lasts, take nothing for granted!

Good Morning!


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  1. there are many things that cannot be prevented. unfortunately, one of them is hair fall and the resultant bald pate. The best policy is to acknowledge it’s inevitability, never indulging in fingerprinting. don’t point fingers even at your genes! it’s an exercise in vain. throw away that comb, but keep that mirror if you have a mustache or a beard to live for. Accept the inevitable my friend. of course donation is a a noble deed. but don’t expect the Gods to smile on you by giving back your hair, just because you donated. at least be happy you don’t need to spend on shampoo and hair oils!

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  2. Your post brought a smile to my face…….lovely message conveyed with a dash of humour.😊😊
    With regards to the hairy woes, I am sailing in the same boat. Have tried everything suggested by friends, but has it has not helped to contain the fall……😉

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  3. I remember how mercilessly yoy used to get it trimmed while we were all going wow over your thick black tresses, very confident it would grow anyways !! Yes , u definitely took it for granted.
    And so are all the smallest joys in life till its snatched from us. Lets value it and be grateful each time !


    • Agreed, Chitra! I have had many more people like you all telling me the same but as you say, it was my confidence that it will grow anyway.
      Yes, all the small joys, big joys, every minute matters. Thank you for taking time to read each one of my pieces, Chitra, very sweet of you to do that.


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