- greeting the arrivals by garlanding them with real and fragrant flowers
- greeting with both palms touching with an appropriate bow to the seniority, esteem and dignity of the recipient like Japanese do or with a similar Namaste, Namaskaar, Namaskaarum, Vannakkam, Sat Sri Akaal, with innumerable derivatives in hundreds of languages and dialects
- greeting with Salaam Alaikum or similar derivatives of the same greeting whilst touching one’s heart with the right hand
- greeting with vermilion red dot (or tikka) on the recipient’s happiness spot on forehead with innumerable derivatives of this
- greeting elders, gurus, teachers, respected and revered others by touching their feet or prostrating before them
- greeting friends and relatives with appropriate hugs and kisses on cheeks
- inviting even strangers you’ve just met for a meal at home without having to worry whether the ‘atitthi’ (unexpected welcome guest) would be well received and fed or not
- starting conversation with and even smilingly genuinely sharing even meagre meals with fellow travellers on public transport
Perhaps other readers would contribute and add to this debate by suggesting more currently appropriate etiquette criteria.
Goes to how stupid and socially irresponsible a magazine of Global reach (but little common sense) can be in insulting and denigrating other cultures based on western social values which after 60 years of their exit from say India are still expected to be, not only, deeply ingrained but actually practiced!
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