Salon Tales

Salon Tales with 1990’s Bollywood tracks on YouTube on a smartphone, on borrowed wifi, with hairstylist chattering away in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi from the Lucknow region in Uttar Pradesh, India talking about gyms and diets. The vernacular and cosmopolitan blend effortlessly in the Gulf. A Gulf Modernity which is unique to the region among the migrant communities. A life anchored in memories of home, via Bollywood, but seeking to keep up with the times so that they are competitive enough in the brutal marriage market back home, hence the calories count.