On the day a birth-control clinic opened in Dhobi’s village, men and women from all over the area traveled many miles to attend. Everyone was amazed as they stepped on the automatic door mats to see the doors swing open. Inside a Sound and Light Show illuminated the various methods of contraception in six dialects using life-sized models of people. A full selection of new products bearing the names of prominent movie stars was available: Agni Diaphrams, Prakash Condoms. The best-seller was a Hanuman Prophylactic that came with a full-color portrait of the Monkey God in one of his heroic poses.
A display table illustrated the prizes and incentive awards that everyone was eligible for.
Dhobi asked himself over and over again the big question, “Is a vasectomy worth a transistor radio set?”