The “H” culture appears to have come to stay, I said going through the day’s newspaper.
Looks like it, agreed my husband who was intently watching the IPL controversy.
What are you so readily agreeing with me? I asked as his prompt response sounded more like a mechanical one.
Don’t think I can’t guess what you meant by H culture, he said his eyes still glued to the channel.
I know it doesn’t require any extra ordinary intelligence to understand what H stands for. The culture seems to have permeated to all classes and strata of society, I observed.
You don’t seem to be happy at the thought, he said with a tinge of sarcasm.
It’s an under statement, in fact I wonder since when this H culture has caught on with us women? For that matter I feel you men still stick to the conventional practice of greeting each other with a hand shake unlike us who believe in being more demonstrative, I said.
Well, you are both right and wrong, he said.
Why this ambiguity? Why don’t you be more explicit, I said.
Yes, you are right when you say we men do believe in greeting men with a hand shake. But you are wrong in thinking we greet women the same way because we don’t.
Then do you greet them the traditional way which is the Indian way with a namaste? I asked feeling happy that my husband still adhered to traditions.
I never thought you are so old fashioned my dear. Even a hand shake is on its way out and it is the IPL culture which you rightly call the H culture that is in and we follow this in right earnest when we greet women, he clarified, his eyes twinkling.
n.meera raghavendra rao