Saturday, February 16, 2008

Just a letter

Thought for the day:" Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so you are insulting yourself."--- Alan Strike

I have always had reservations about icky hands, be they handing out change,or packing stuff in the supermarket or bringing food/water in a restaurant. So, I was quite happy to read an article which concurred with my views,in one of my current favourite mags,Weekend,which appears here on Fridays, as a supplement to one of the local papers. My letter in response to this article, is published this week and it goes as follows: (Check out the article,too,and,the funny pic accompanying it)


Shaking the habit

"WITH REFERENCE to Icky Fingers (January 18-24), I'm totally in sync with the writer, Bunny Suraiya, when she is appalled at the way people, especially in restaurants and supermarkets, “hand”le things. Perhaps it's just a lack of basic hygiene or perhaps rules about hygiene are not enforced stringently in some countries or it's just plain laziness (and I daresay, it's the last one) that makes people handle edible items with so much disdain. I'm often told that if I see the way restaurant kitchens prepare their food (okay, there are always exceptions, and they charge accordingly for the “service”), I will never feel like eating out again.

Many a time, I'm told that the “paav” (bun) is made in many places by kneading the dough by pounding it with feet, thereby giving it its name. Perhaps such a crude method is not in existence anymore. But who knows?

The worst experience I've had are of waiters bringing glasses of water with their fingers dipped into them.

The habit of licking fingers before counting currency notes is rampant even here. Blechh!

Regarding shaking hands, I guess that's a habit which would be difficult for most of us to give up, especially those outside India, since greeting people with folded hands is a rarely observed custom here.

One tends to shake hands with people at least a dozen times during the day. If you don’t accept the proffered hand, it is like snubbing the person. So what's the solution? Think of the grubby notes they might have handled and wash your hands immediately after the handshake? But then, they'd shake your hand again when the meeting ends. ARGHH! I guess I will have to take my chances on that one and continue with the handshakes! -Amit Loiwal, Dubai"


On to the end joke:

I was talking to a gardening friend of mine today about fertilizer and soil amendments. He said to me "You know, I never use manure" Before I knew what I was saying I repled "No Shit?"


Once a king, always a king. But once a knight is enough.


A young girl had not been feeling well and went to her family doctor. "Young lady," said the doctor, "you're pr*gnant." "But that can't be. The only men I've been with are nud*sts and in our colony we practice s*x only with our eyes." "Well my dear," said the doctor, "someone in that colony is cockeyed."

Till next time,keep smiling.


austere said...


I guess no panipuri for you then.

I don't give it a second thought.

Immunity bhi kuch cheez hain.

Curious said...

Ewwwwww.... Will I be ordering Pav Bhaji again??? Not until I've slept thru what i just read!

But hey is tha twhat happens in UAE bakeries too??? :-s

Anyways hola amitji..hows ya doin?

Ditty said...

You've been tagged! :)

Keshi said...

i dun compare myself with others...but others do.