Today, I came across the updates of a mother on one of the social platforms. The story had her son trying to eat food through the help of a fork and a spoon. The caption read as “my kiddo learning table manners all by himself”. A chord struck within me. Not that I am against eating food with forks and spoons but does eating with hands (which the child must have been doing till now) qualify as no table manners. Almost 99% of the Indian population (barring the 1% ultra-elite who think it is below them to eat food with their own hands) eat their food with hands. What is wrong in that? By the way, how do you eat your roti sabzi with it? Or do you make a pizza out of it first and then proceed?
Isn’t it strange how everything Indian is looked down upon? When Indians headed to gym shunning Yoga, the world started preaching and practicing it. When we don’t even bother about Sanskrit, the Howards and Oxfords continue to teach it, rather even call it the Language of the God’s. When we don’t take Ghee terming it to be a weight inducing agent, United States continues to sell it for reduction of bad insoluble fats. I see kids these days and elders alike raising their eyebrows if asked to poop in an Indian style lavatory. But do you know the latest study reveals that, that posture is the best to expel out the stuff from our intestines and the English Commode has actually increased the problem of constipation (of course! I do not deny its usefulness in case of elderly and sick).
I certainly do not have any qualms with somebody eating with whatever they like. It’s a personal choice altogether. My only submission is do not frown upon the “Desi” way of eating. Do not make the person feel uncomfortable and degraded. The 5 star hotels are a classic example.
Hope we do not teach our kids this false sense of supremacy.
Afterthought: It will be quite soon that the world starts using their fingers for the enormous amount of therapeutic properties it has!!
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Also read: Praise the Effort, Not the Child