New Delhi, Nov. 4 -- Mushtaq Ahmad, 65, is clipping the hair of a client in his small salon, his scissors moving deftly, making a snipping sound. After a while, he stops and asks his client to have a look at his hair in the mirror in front of him. Pawan Gupta, the client, a local businessman, seems pretty satisfied as he examines his hair in the mirror.

" Mushtaq is an artist, no other barber could have pulled it off; my hair is thin and I have bald patches, which he has covered by giving me a unique haircut," says Chopra, who describes Mushtaq as a 'close friend', who knows not just his hair but also everything about his life. I have been coming to his salon for over four decades; he was the one who gave me a haircut for my wedding 42 yea...