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  • Scissors keep the tempo while a commercial plays on a Bangladeshi TV channel. A hair drier launches a conversation about politics. Yusuf says something along the lines of,

    "It's better to talk about your true god than to disrespect someone else's false god. Let others be however they want to be."

    From the awkward South Asian cuts in high school to the pointy sideburns in college to a more professional look now, Yusuf has been cutting my hair since I was 12. He asks how my dad's health is, whether my younger brother recovered from the appendicitis operation. How's my brother doing in Cambridge?

    He knows everything about me. He sat in his store and watched me grow up.

    He's the link that connects the Bangladeshis, Indians, Pakistanis, African Americans, Guyanese, and Hispanics that live around Sterling Ave in the Bronx. He's not just a barber but a shrink, advisor, counselor, a neighbor, a community organizer and the list goes on and on.

    Get your haircut at Happy Haircutting Salon. He charges only $10. Expect him to pause the hair cut many times to wave to people passing by, shake hands and greet customers and answer the occasional phone call.
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