Twitter post commenting on eating rice with hands, outraged Indians. (Image: iStock)
Rice is a staple in India and many across the country prefer using their hands to eat it. In fact, many old-timers may even suggest that food tastes better when eaten with hands. So the post of a former butler to the British royals suggesting otherwise predictably led to some outrage on social media. Twitter user ‘The Royal Butler’, Britain’s etiquette expert, posted a picture of an almost-finished plate of rice and claimed that rice is best eaten with a knife, fork or chopsticks.
According to the bio of ‘The Royal Butler’, he is also a Royal Commentator/Aide and former butler to Princes Charles, William and Harry. He decided to share his knowledge of royal eating etiquettes via a Twitter post that said, “Ladies and gentlemen, remember we always use a knife and fork or chopsticks to eat rice! We do not use our hands or fingers!!!”
Ladies and gentlemen, remember we always use a knife and fork or chopsticks to eat rice! We do not use our hands or fingers !!! ???? pic.twitter.com/xCJEKXg26K
— The Royal Butler (@TheRoyalButler) March 6, 2021
Soon, there was a deluge of reactions on Twitter – some furious and some sarcastic.
Here are some of the reactions:
“Ladies & gentlemen, remember WE always use d most flexible, hygienic, portable, eco-friendly, no-cost instrument called HAND which basically is a Spoon+ knife+fork to eat rice & other things! We do use our metal cutlery depending on occasion/place. Basically WE ARE OPEN MINDED. Are you?”
“Ladies and gentlemen, remember we always take bath twice a day, maintain proper hygiene and hence use our hands or fingers to eat rice..”
“How do you eat your burgers? With knife and fork, right. Come on it’s all about convenience isn’t it?”
“Thank you very much, we prefer our hands and fingers to eat and we are unapologetic about it.”
How do you eat your rice? With hands or with spoon/fork? Let us know in the comments section below.
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