Let’s Eat With Our Hands

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Eating with your hands is one of the most intimate relationships you will have with your food. It is sensual, environmentally friendly, clean and your food even tastes better.

Mixing rice with different dishes with your fingers makes each mouthful a unique culinary experience.

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Many Indians, Bangladeshis Sri Lankans, Nepalis, Filipinos, Indonesians, Cambodians, Ethiopians, Pakistanis and others eat with their hands within the privacy of their homes. However, years of colonization has made us embarrassed of one of the most personal and intimate habits we have – eating with our hands, especially in public – and we are reluctant to use our hands to eat the very food which we love.

Having been brought up partly in a British style Sri Lankan boarding school in Sri Lanka, we were banned from eating with our hands and encouraged to eat with cutlery.

When Oprah Winfrey visited India a while back, she created a media storm by looking down at the Indians for eating with their hands. In Norway, there have been a handful of cases of kids of Indian and Sri Lankan children being taken into care for being fed by their parents’ hands. The social services misinterpreted it as force-feeding – and hence child abuse !

Former Indian President Dr. Radhakrishnan, met with Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill as they sat down for lunch. Before sitting, Dr. Radhakrishnan washed his hands and as the meal was served, he used his hands in eating the meal.

Churchill asked Dr. Radhakrishnan, “Why are you using your hands? Use spoon and fork, it’s more hygienic.” Radhakrishnan’s reply was, “Since nobody has used my hand to eat before, my hand is more hygienic than any spoon you can find.”

Today, the Western world is increasingly accepting of eating different kinds of food with our hands – burgers, chips, pizza, fruit etc. The use of cutlery has reduced dramatically and all too often we eat with just a fork.

Not too long ago, most ate Chinese and Japanese food with a fork. Now, using chopsticks is all the rage. Similarly, it’s time we made the jump and start eating rice and curry with our hands too.

Drop the shame. Enjoy your food.

www.handfed.org is a website dedicated to the joy of eating with your hands. It includes video and downloadable pictorial diagrams of how to eat with your hands, articles, pictures etc.

Share your pics, stories and anecdotes of eating with your hands – be it burgers, rice and curry, fish and chips, dosas or anything else! #handfed
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jiva parthipan

jiva parthipan

Jiva Parthipan is a director, creative producer and arts/cultural worker based in Sydney, Australia and working internationally with theatre, dance, performance, film and inter-disciplinary art. His work has been seen the U.K. at Tate Modern, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, Saddlers Wells, National Review of Live Arts, IETM- Paris and Dublin, Bone Festival, Claendestino Festival Sweden, and various festivals in Norway, Netherlands and South Africa. He was an associate lecturer in Performance at Central St Martin College for the Arts, London. Jiva was the first male dance dancer to dance with Shobana Jeyasigh dance company which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.A personal and artistic profile of Jiva was published by Penguin Australia in A COUNTRY TOO FAR - written by Fiona Mc Gregor and edited by booker prize winning Australian author Tom Kenneally. Jiva currently works as an Arts and Cultural worker at STARTTS – in Sydney, initiating, developing and presenting arts and cultural activities with refugees in their own community settings, in partnership with Australian cultural institutions. Recent theatre projects include; LITTTLE BADGHDAD – with Powerhouse Youth Theatre and the Australian Museum, Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe in association with Racing Pulse & Belvoir Street Theatre and Riverside Theatre. Opera Australia’s community choirs program - at the Sydney Opera House, Dance Africa Dance annual show and LET IT BE choral project, both at Riverside Theatres in Sydney. In October 2016, STARTTS will work with MCA- Museum of COntemporary Arts and Powerhouse Youth Theatre to produce a major public art event – WOMEN OF FAIRFIELD"

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22 thoughts on “Let’s Eat With Our Hands

  1. Churchill asked Dr. Radhakrishnan, “Why are you using your hands? Use spoon and fork, it’s more hygienic.” Radhakrishnan’s reply was, “Since nobody has used my hand to eat before, my hand is more hygienic than any spoon you can find.”
    I’ve also never wiped my kundi with a spoon and fork.

  2. It’s may be coz there are so many chemicals injected in our everyday food, people are cautious enough to use spoons and forks.. Put placing inside your mouth doesn’t serve the purpose anyways.. So, even though it’s a wrong thing to eat, at least do it the right way..

  3. Radhakrishnan is telugu but the greatest president india ever had is tamil abdul kalam he is also ranked the most admired person ever missile man of india we must be really proud of him and he is from a village in ramnad tamilnadu.

  4. ur like ya for real .. they like ya .. but once ur here remember to stay out of the way between black and white .. u eat eaither at white or black muslim or whatever chinese but dont put ur head in .. stay out of our way

  5. come here do what i tell you make a beat contest to aid attam invincble in the music they use as an attachment to thier effort

  6. u guys got stuff poppin on now i give u light attraction u guys as a crew are being praded walked u gather hands and walk outside. show u faces.. white comes on the side.. you want abike socks shoes this is bad that is blshit yo drink this

  7. the gent is suggesting to not be intimate with beens and that he is now intimate with which has come from his knowing of the foods and results and be intimate with the musles and the tasks . ur guys are still in love with greens ..he is on hanibal and space ships. now he is seen the thief.. now u run .. ahhh he cmes gargamel

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