In India, you’ll find lots of things for sale including services that some of you might find amusing. One such service is having your earwax removed. How cool is that? Where in the world are you going to get your earwax removed in this way? In fact, these “earwax removal guys”, we call them “walas” (or fellows) are everywhere. They are the so-called “professional” street-side ear cleaners or ear wax removers who are well versed in their job (by the way, we also have street toenail cutters, tooth pullers, head massagers, nail polishers, barbers and anything you can think of).
You’ll be surprised that some of them carry ID cards to prove that they are professionals (I have serious doubts that as some of these ID cards are nothing more than laminated cards).
So while you’re holidaying in India, why not get your ear cleaned as well, if you don’t mind the non-surgical equipment and if you’re not paranoid about personal hygiene then by all means get it done. It might even make you light-headed and you’ll probably enjoy your stay in India a bit better if you happen to hate your stay in India for any of these reasons here.
Just make sure you haggle down to a good price. Being a foreigner, you will be quoted a price that is 20 times the normal price. For instance, a price of wax removal for an Indian might be 50 to 100 Rupees while you will be quoted anything between 500 to 2000 Rupees. Just tell them, you only have 50 Rupees and walk away. Most likely they will do it for you. Here’s how to bargain in India like a pro.
Other than having your earwax removed, you might wish to buy some souvenirs, here’s a list of things to buy in India.
Would you have your earwax removed on the street side? Have you have had it done? Would you let a stranger take a peek into your ear? Do you think India should send some of these earwax cleaners to provide the services at Times Square?