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If you have taken your non-Indian friends to an Indian restaurant, you have been in this situation already. Everything is hunky-dory till the menu arrives; at times even after ordering the food. But somewhere between entering the restaurant and eating the aromatic delicious food, this question pops up. "Do I eat with my hands?". Frankly, I hate to be asked this question because I do not have a good answer. What do you tell your friends?
This is where Pappettan is unique. Like all of us, he is in a restaurant when somebody asks this question. He looks at the person who asked the question and replies earnestly, "We prepare our food with a lot of care. As you know, we use a lot of spices". At this point, Pappettan pauses. Everyone is looking at him eagerly. He continues, "Spices are to be experienced with all 5 senses.". There is another pause after which he concludes, "Touch is one of the five senses".
Five minutes after this conversation, everyone around the table is eating using their hands.