This non-touch method of saying hello and goodbye is something you should continue even after it’s deemed okay to hug again.
As we move closer to the end of the pandemic, uncertain but hopeful for the
future, many of us are reflecting on how things will be different when the
social distancing, mask-wearing, and isolation end. What lessons are we
learning? What habits are we changing? What resolutions and promises are we
change worth maintaining after the pandemic is the way we greet one another and
bid adieu. To replace handshakes and hugs, many people, both on Zoom calls and
in person, have adopted the Indian custom of bringing their palms together at
the chest and bowing. Whether or not we keep this up after we start touching
again might seem trivial, but we stand to benefit from it more profoundly than
we can imagine.
reason to greet one another Indian style, of course, is to prevent the spread
of disease. Hand hygiene has been ignored by us grabbers and shakers, but
historians say that Eastern cultures have understood its importance for eons.
Frequent handwashing—with ash, mud, or soil in the days before soap— has
always been a cultural norm, especially before eating, performing religiou …