Monday, 26 November 2007

Knife and Fork!!!

That was my first travel abroad, 16 January 2005 to Paris.
I was flying Emirates. The trays were served. I was quite hungry, did not mind or rather did not know about any eating manners. Just took the spoon and started to eat the rice. The man next to me, we got introduced to each other when the flight took off, seems he is basically an Indian but settled in France for about 17 years ago. He was fully loaded, however he managed to advice me.

He: Is this your first travel to Europe?
Me: Its my first travel outside India.
He: That explains. You must not eat with spoon,use fork and knife. When you share the table with your western colleague, dont eat with spoon, you will set a bad example about Indians...

Shame on me, I did not know this till he told me. But how can I suddenly learn?
I started observing people how they eat.Knife in which hand and fork in which hand, how they cut the meat, how they manage with the little left overs in the knife and so on...slowly learnt it.

Now I am very comfortable with this, but I think of THAT man with thanks whenever I eat with knife and fork so comfortably.


Peace said...

In this case I should thank my Employeer for giving 2 months "Training on Dining" with a final grand lunch in a Star Hotel (it was like a final exam). They tought us from selecting Salad (dressing :)), main course, wine etc etc... about the positioning of fork n knife, and Main plate quarter plate... abt Pasta's etc etc...
It was a training given to us, coz we should not mess-up with our clients, when we go onsite... However, it was very useful during my stay in europe.... :).

dskathir said...

அதெல்லாம் சரி ப்ரியா அக்கா , கடைசி வரைக்கும் எப்படி சாப்பிடனும்னு நீங்க சொல்லவே இல்லையே?? ஏதோ உங்களால முடிஞ்சத சொல்லுங்க. எங்களுக்கும் flight-ல அப்படி ஒருத்தர் கிடைப்பார்னு எப்படி எதிர்பார்க்க முடியும்?