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February 9, 2010

Hair India!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 5:19 am

Wait! Before you jump to wrong conclusion about the title, this is about a documentary that I saw in Link TV. I discovered Link TV some 6 months go. Since then, I have been catching up a lot of interesting movies/documentaries in it like, Shelter dogs, Trails from the East, Sita sings the blues, A documentary on transgenders in India, etc. This is a not for profit World channel (Television without borders).

Anyhoo, saw this documentary “Hair India” this weekend. It is about how the hair from temples like Thirupathi get exported to Italy. Not only that the hair that goes to Italy comes back as Hair extensions back to the world. The hair gets sold for about $250-$500 per Kg to great lengths . The hair extensions from “Great Lengths” can cost a hollywood star or a bollywood star about $4000 and an average jane about $1000-$2000. OK.. Don’t faint on me now!! Man, you get paid to get your head shaved in these temples and they sell it for so much!!

I am in the wrong profession I tell you.. Jokes apart, Link TV is very informative. This particular documentary was also very informative, but not very well-made in my opinion. The narration was a little off. The couple of guys who were doing the hair transaction seemed very fake with their accent and attitude. I mean, that part looked a litttle staged. Otherwise, it was a good watch. Very interesting.

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13 Comments »

  1. yen? avanga oor la ellaarum kundhikkave maattaangalaa? I mean mudi vettikardhuku! 😉

    Comment by B o o. — February 9, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

  2. Interesting 🙂

    Comment by Praveen — February 9, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

  3. Several years back there was this article on some thamizh magazine that some chocolates use some stuff from hair to get chewy texture/feel…after reading that my uncle & aunt stopped eating chocolates…

    do you know some strawberry flavored yogurt contain an additive called Natural red which is made from red beetles? I stopped eating store bought regular/flavored yogurt after reading that….looks like some orange juice also have that natural red

    Comment by Me — February 9, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    • Me, I think the hair in chocolate was just a rumour. But as far additives from animals/insects, etc.. As I get older, I am getting very picky. So buy most of my stuff from trader joes. But then when I go out to eat at restaurants, it is all out the door. I don’t like flavored yogurt and I make plain yogurt at home. So no gelatin/red beetle for me. But then as boo points to my hypocrisy of having leather upholstry/leather shoes etc.. I get confused. So for now, I refrain from eating animal products as much as possible. Thatz because I don’t feel like eating animal products. Does it even make sense. I am confused!

      Comment by yaadayaada — February 9, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

      • I really wished it was a rumour. I like chocolates you see….:)

        We make yogurt at home too. In fact these days I prefer eating at home or desi vegetarian restaurants. Rice made with chicken broth. Desserts made with rum….I really feel sorry for the person serving my table when I ask too many questions that they need to go back and check with the chef…

        On hypocrisy: How come you eat eggs in cakes/chocolates but not in rice? This question arises every time there is a talk of going to Chinese/Vietnamese restaurants. I haven’t figured out a logical answer to that question.

        Comment by Me — February 9, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

  4. my point is, we know we are being hypocritic to a certain extent but still try to be a veggie as much as possible. after all, we did nt choose to become vegetarians one fine day. we are more conditioned to it. so unless we can be like our grand parents (and R maama! 😉 strictly eating home grown, home made stuff and live in a bubble so to speak, its unavoidable. Like I read somewhere, “are all the anti-abortionists vegans, who dont eat eggs?” 😉

    Comment by B o o. — February 9, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  5. Me – thats not hypocrisy. thats just being fussy. well beaten egg which is also baked in the oven dont have the smell at all. nor can you taste it in cakes, muffins, etc… but the other day i made cookies with egg in it and could nt bring myself to eat them because of the strong smell. so we ve a reason to be fussy because our system refuses to accept it. Its just like someone not liking a particular veggie or a particular dish or a certain fish. The world is full of weirdos so we are nt alone! 😉

    Comment by B o o. — February 9, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  6. Boo…I have tried saying that. The next question is… have you eaten eggs this way? How do you say you wont like it without tasting/smelling it. Vidhandavaadham panrathukuney pala paer natla thiriyara.

    It is just easier for me to just say I am a hypocrite and end the story….:)

    Comment by Me — February 10, 2010 @ 1:30 am

    • Yup, there is maraundhu for vaadham and no marundhu for vidhandavaadham. he he he… I tell them, I don’t like the smell/look of it so won’t eat. If it is hidden in a cake without smell/taste, I don’t mind it. As for non-veg, can’t even make myself to buy cheese if I read gelatin in the label while buying. So no Capsules/jellybean/gummybear/jello for me if I can avoid it. I even started buying a horrible tastless paste since it contains no animal product.

      Comment by yaadayaada — February 10, 2010 @ 2:30 am

      • I use this Herbal Toothpaste. I like it. Nanna viru-viru nu irukku. Btw what paste do you use?

        For mouthwash I use Idhayam nalla ennai. On one of sundar anna’s post I saw someone comment about oilpulling. I don’t know about detoxification effects it claims but does a pretty good job cleaning my mouth. Anyways I am like the girls father in big fat greek wedding. I use idhayam nalla ennai instead of windex as a cure for everything.

        Comment by Me — February 10, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

  7. Oh my my hair is that priceless?! Funny that I have never thought what happens to all that hair in Thirupathi and other temples 🙂

    Comment by utbtkids — February 10, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

  8. Same here. No way I will eat store brought yogurt, I like curd made at home. Even if I had to wait for getting the right culture to start with. No Jello,gummybear,marshmallow etc .

    According to my collegue, I am the most pickiest person she has ever seen. And guess what, I don’t like cheese of any form. So almost a VEGAN 🙂
    But that doesn’t mean I end up overdosing on SOY everything.

    Even despite all this I am ballooning up like crazy.

    Comment by M — February 24, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

  9. Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya paarunga. Konjam dhairiyamaavae paaklaam. Simbu is not all that Simbu’ish!

    Comment by revsjoiedevivre — February 28, 2010 @ 11:35 pm


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