CEM 11: YOU AND FOOD (Custom, Etiquettes and Manners)

Ø  Good table manners should be second nature right from the cradle.

ü  Sophistication, upbringing, polite conversation education and skills are reflected on the table and table manners and puts you in perspective.

ü  It can be inculcated; be familiar with the table settings, if a formal setting; work outwards-inwards. In an informal set up avoid offending others sensibilities, like talking with your mouth full, belching sound, waving your spoon/fork, over-loading the plate, talking aloud across the table, leaving used plate and cutlery on a serving table, using the napkin for wiping sweat or finger, spilling food around your plate, stretching out in front of your neighbour to reach for a particular dish while knocking down the water glass; slurping etc.

ü  Ideal way is to watch others and follow normal courtesies; as different parts of our country have Indian eating habits relying upon fingers, depending upon the cultural cusines.

ü  We may claim to have become modern and westernized, but at heart and habits we are still Indian which does not demand the strict use of knife or fork or even spoon.

ü  The standard rule of handling and eating food is to remember, YOU ARE SEEN AND WATCHED FOR YOUR EATING HABITS AND TABLE MANNERS.

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