9. Traveling Ear Cleaner
Armed with a long needle and a pair of pincers, ear cleaners roam the streets of Mumbai looking for new customers. When they find one, they wrap their needles in cotton before scraping the outer ear and sliding it down the inner canal. The hydrogen-peroxide soaked cotton absorbs the wax before the needle is pulled out. Afterward, the cleaner uses a pair of pincers to pull out any excess wax or cotton.
Despite potential injury and risk of infection, most customers say the experience is very relaxing.
The profession can be traced back to the 1800s. Although it’s a dying art, it’s still convenient for some commuters, especially in a city like Mumbai which is often hammered by heavy air pollution.