"ah, what the hell are you doing?"
"I am eating my dessert. How do you eat it...with your hands?"
so often things can be related to a Seinfeld episode.
Bad decisions make good stories.
I'm curious if Telstra jerks off with his hands, or uses a spoon?
I'd also like to see a thread his roommates make complaining about him.
In this thread, I don't find the idea of messiness, awkwardness or difficulty biased. Let 'er rip.
But the notion of backwardness ("it's the year 2013") is questionable.
“Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.” ~ Mark Twain
This isn't uniquely an Indian phenomenon. I have many esian friends, mostly from west of china, all the way to Saudi arabia who eat like that. I'm not going to lie, it doesn't bother me, because when I invite them for dinner, it's much easier to do the dishes! I found it a little weird how long one of my friends went without washing her hands after eating though. We were watching a movie, then about 2/3 the way through she finally washed them.
I'm with Telstra on this.
You come to my country and you have to adapt to it.
my parents did that and now it's my country.
P.S. Cultural side note... the reason that Chinese food comes the way it usually does (i.e. any meat and vegetables in it cut into small easily liftable pieces with chop sticks) is from a really old Confucian teaching that it was uncivilized to have any implements used to butcher or cut meat at the dining table. Knives, etc. That was actually considered far more filthy/less classy than the issues in this thread, to old Asian cultural beliefs. So seeing fancy westerners in suits eating expensive steaks in restaurants with knives and forks would be as abhorrent as eating with hands are to someone who thinks eating without utensils is dirty/messy.
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When you look at it, the human hand, with its opposable thumb, is one of the most awesome benefit of evolution... you can do so many thing with it... you can even wash it when it's dirty, of after a meal eaten with it...
I ate rice with smelly food with my hands before and good at it.
So i know what i'm talking about.
NEVER LISTEN TO A ONE SIDED STORY AND JUDGE.
I'm Indian from South Africa...and eat with my hand, so does almost every Indian I know. It's part of our culture. It's actually kinda odd when an Indian does eat with cutlery in an Indian home . In most restaurant it's with cutlery as everyone else.
Once I rented the room to the guy from Saudi Arabia . He was a very nice guy, generous. I saw him washing his hairy feet in the Sink. Come on I have a bathtub there for you. He almost burned my house. Scared the hell of me
come now, my child. if we were planning to harm you, do you think
we'd be lurking here beside the path in the darkest part of the forest?
I still bet that your Indian friend is still polite/pale in comparison in contrast of traditional chinese man eating- style that include burping, spitting and slurping all away... ie: mi dad
that's how some cultures do. just because you don't like it doesn't mean something is wrong with people that do that.
I've arrived a bit late to this thread but anyway.... Telstra, are you not yourself East Asian/Oriental?
I assume you are, as it explains your broken English and 'oddness'.
If so, then you must have your own cultural practices and customs around the house?
Are they not similar to your housemates?