Thursday, August 23, 2012

Greeting Gestures

There are many ways to greet people depending upon the country and culture.

Hand shake with one hand
Hand shake with both hands
Hug
Cheek kissing
Hand kissing

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)

8 comments:

  1. I think greeting someone with both hands is just plain stupid.

    Regards,
    Bob Dole
    (a born leader with 40+ years in US politics)

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  2. Thanks for your comments Senator Dole. You are a war hero and your right arm was paralyzed while you were fighting the Germans in World War 2. I have a question. Why do you always carry a pen in your paralyzed right arm to signal you cannot shake hands with your right arm? Every one knows your right arm is paralyzed.

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  3. Yeah.... I do greet with 2 hands a lot of times...so I am a born leader?

    Strictly speaking, I prefer doing namaste than shaking hands...due to humility and off course hygiene reasons...Namaste is one of the greatest cultural innovation that Indian culture had...So sober, so humble and so very respectful...

    Namaste SG!

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  4. Interesting topic for a post, SG! Now, this handshanking habit has invaded here too, even among women!

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  5. Thanks for your comments Ekta. You are no doubt a born leader. I am not saying this to praise you. I have read your April 10th post. A born leader is a person who makes a quick and right decision at a difficult time. You are that born leader.

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  6. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. Do they use both hands? If so, all Indian women are born leaders. Hahaha.

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  8. Thanks for your comments Noopur.

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