Three things that are inherently Indian

Slurping from a cup of tea, so the sound is heard. Better yet, pouring the tea into a saucer and then slurping the tea. Easily noticeable in Irani cafes in Hyderabad.

Eating rasam and rice off a banana leaf-plate using your hand to scoop the mixture, including the liquid. It’s an art form. Curd and rice is another combination, but not as difficult. [1}

Ordering by-two anything, a concept which defies the laws of mathematics. Ask for a soup by-two and they’ll give you portions (in most places) that put together will be greater than a single order of soup. Same with tea or coffee. I also love the 2/3 concept, which is two orders of soup (for example) divided by three people.

Is this stuff unique to Indians or what?

[1] — In general, eating food with your fingers is another speciality that I think we’ve mastered. The Chinese have their chopsticks, the Westerners have their forks and spoons, we use our fingers.

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3 thoughts on “Three things that are inherently Indian

  1. I was not aware of the by-two coffee / tea till I ended up in Bangalore. :-) Back home, no one serves by-two anything.
    And about the eating with fingers, I hear the French use their fingers too.

  2. Oh really? I had a feeling that I encountered this in Chennai too but maybe I’m wrong. I know it’s present in Hyderabad and Bangalore for sure. I wonder about the rest of India.

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