Etiquettes of eating Thayir saadam


Yesterday's Midday carried an article on a Tea expert who organizes private tea-tasting sessions. Tea being the most favourite and the only item (?) I can make decently well [go watch the youtube video before reading any further], I was intrigued on what a 'tea tasting' session was all about.

Quoting from the Mid day, Teacup India is the brainchild of Radhika Batra in Bandra where she home delivers exotic organic tea that she's personally chosen from plantations in India, China and Africa. "Teas are like fine wines ; their qualities reflect their origin", says Batra. The article goes on to talk about her credentials, her gyaan on black tea, colours of chai and so on.

Bearable till now. But there was a 'box' in the article where Batra talks about 'Etiquettes of drinking tea' . Read these etiquettes: [comments in red.. he he - me!]

1. Take small bites of food so that you can converse politely.
Applicable only to Shobaaa Deeee, Queenie Dhody and other people from the other side of Peddar road

2. Never extend you "pinkie" (little finger) when holding your tea cup
If little finger is a 'pinkie' , what would you call the middle finger? 'Blackie'?

3. Never gesture with utensils and cutlery while speaking
One 'blackie' for Batra please

After reading crap like these, I think I have discovered this new career for myself. From now on...from this moment, I am the 'Thayir-saadam-etiquette-trainer-cum-tasting-expert' in Mumbai.

I am planning to send the following to Midday. Please let me know if this reads fine.

Thayir saadam is definitely not for the size-minus-zero types of Peddar road and beyond. Girls and women who say "I have put on weight yaa" every two minutes looking at their 22" waist please don't read any further. This article is also not for people who eat carrot sticks, boiled beans and sprouts for lunch.

Thayir saadam owes its origin to Tamilnadu. Thayir saadam needs to be prepared for a minimum of three people which will eventually consumed by one person. Low-fat curd, brown rice are a strict no-no for Thayir saadam. And most importantly no calling Thayir saadam by other names - Yogurt rice, Thayir choru, Curd rice, dahi bath and so on.

1. Eating Thayir saadam with a spoon is bad manners.

2. Ensure that portions of it come out of the gaps between your fingers again and again as you mix generous portions of curd and rice .

3. Don't eat with the edges of your fingers. Always use your hand, take a mouthful and shove it in your mouth.

4. Never not talk while eating Thayir saadam. Have long conversations with Thayir saadam in your mouth.

5. It is important to vazhichify the plate with your hands and fingers and eat till the last bite as the thayir flows down your hand.

Tell me, do I have a good future as 'Thayir-saadam-etiquette-trainer-cum-tasting-expert'?


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