• “when it comes to situations involving physical touch, they make their decisions on whether it is going to be a hug, a high five, a handshake or at times, just a friendly smile and conversation.” – Super! This here is a roaring post dealing with a multitude of issues, so well written and right from the heart! No one else could have said it better, Gauri. PS – Can I send you a hug? 🙂

    • Gauri

      Thank you, Sakshi. Your encouraging comments always do me a world of good and get me smiling. Yes, Sakshi – please feel free to send a hug my way,anytime :-). Hugs to you too. 🙂

  • Jairam Mohan

    This was such a beautiful post. Coming from a conservative South Indian family myself, I could completely relate to the same, and given the fact that my 2 yr old daughter is completely stifled with hugs from me and her mother, this post just got that much more closer to me.

    And like Sakshi has mentioned in her comment, love the way you summarized your post by stating that your children make their own choices when it comes to hugging, shaking hands or just making polite conversation.

    • Gauri

      Thanks much, Jairam, for your kind words. Glad that you guys believe in the Jadoo ki Jhappis too, with your little one. These are sweet memories that she’s sure to carry in her heart as she grows up.

  • Gauri

    True, Reema. I’ve never quite been able to come to terms with “touching the feet” as a mark of respect. If from the heart, it has some meaning to it but if it is something that is enforced just to follow tradition, one could well touch someone’s feet without any genuine respect and the whole thing becomes a charade of sorts.
    Thanks for stopping by, Reema :-).