There are many ways to greet people depending upon the country and culture.
Hand shake with one hand
Hand shake with both hands
Quite a few world political leaders, when shaking hands, use both hands. Some either shake with both hands. Some others shake with one hand and the other hand touches the elbow or shoulder of the person they are greeting. People who greet like this are considered (rightly or wrongly) “born leaders”. In USA, whoever wants to become a “born leader” practice this habit. Hahaha. A few sample pics:
Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern
Bill Clinton and a Navajo Indian woman
Barack Obama and Man Mohan Singh
Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev
I was thinking is it only the American and European leaders are born leaders? Then suddenly I got this fact, ala, Buddha enlightened sitting under the bodhi tree. Actually me and a few of my friends were sitting in a bar and discussing about it. So it was actually not under a bodhi tree. Not under a bar stool. On a bar stool.
Hindus also use both hands when greeting others. Hindus say “Namaste” folding both palms. It is a reverential salute. Does that make every Hindu a born leader? I don’t know.
May be the western leaders learned from Hindus this art of using both hands for greeting? What do you say?
(Pictures: Courtesy - Yahoo)