Thursday, October 16, 2008

cleanse....wash....sanitize


South Indian meals, I know when eaten in restaurants, in those fancy , silverware....dont have half the excitement. The yummy taste of rasam and rice, or the roti and sabzi...mmm....yummy tastes and each corner of India having their own style of eating.

But yes, eaten with bare hands, the food does taste different, sometimes not matching the taste when eaten with spoons and forks...But do you ever remember to wash that hand of yours before you sit down at the table????
Sometimes in some restaurants , the mouth freshener ( saunf) is given to customers along with the bill. How many times have you dived into it as soon as it arrives...., take a toothpick and chew on some more of that sweet tasting saunf ( fennel)? I'm sure many times...and the temptation is just not avoidable after a heavy Indian meal.

But have you ever wondered, how many people who visit the restaurant, stop by the loo, in between meals or even after, and walk out. Many do not have the habit of washing their hands or sometimes, most of the restaurants are so badly fitted, there might not be water...so out they walk....and sit down and wait for their bill to arrive. And when the bill arrives, they dive into their mouth freshener, not bothered to using the spoon provided ( sometimes they aren't provided too)...can you imagine the amount of germs that have been transfered?????



Did you know??!!! :-



Did you know that an estimated 1 out of 5 people don't wash their hands after using the restroom? In 2005 the American Society for Microbiology did a survey of hand washing. They asked people questions about their hand-washing habits and also watched people in public restrooms. The results were kind of gross.

For example:
People don't always wash their hands after using the bathroom — 91% of adults say they always wash their hands after using public restrooms, but just 83% were seen doing so.
People wash their hands less at home — 83% say they wash their hands after using the bathroom at home. Germs are germs, and a bathroom is a bathroom.


Only 32% of people in the survey said they wash their hands after coughing or sneezing. So it's nice that you protect the people around you by covering your mouth with your hand when you cough. But if you then reach for your friend's pizza, you might as well not have bothered.


Just 21% wash their hands after handling money.


Only 42% of the people in the survey washed up after petting a dog or cat. You've seen your dog roll in that mystery smell in the park or your cat rub against you after using the litter pan. Fido and Fluffy are dirtier than you think.



Yesterday was Global hand washing day( so does that mean, the rest of the days, we go without washing hands??? :O ) and i'd like to threaten one and all 'please wash your hands before and after eating, and so also...when you visit the restroom....the others who sit down after you are human after all.....'


These kind of days will surely put a hole the size of a crater in my wallet, ..'cos they have only said wash your hands....and not when...so my house is gonna be all confused...read here to know why??


Now I wonder what the next weird day is gonna be???
Why can't there be days where there is some progress in thinking and some betterment for the society??!!! Is it that hard??


Maybe in the meantime, we should declare -

No Nose picking day

Leave the crotch alone, you men!! day?

Don't make noises to bring the moon down while eating day???

No mobile phone day :D !!!!..

Women, stop gossipping day :) !!


What do you think?? Will any day be spared at all???


Meanwhile if its washing hands, you might as well watch this...

27 comments:

Joy said...

I must confess I did not know one is supposed to wash hands after handling money. Now a days most of the times it is credit card. Not sure whether that counts? :)

Will "Women, stop gossiping day" include blogging as well? If we cannot talk, can we write :) :) I know you are gonna kill me now :) :) :)

Rambler said...

I am ok with all the days you suggested..except the nose picking one..kya kare control nahi hota :)

Preethi said...

you first scared me.. and then made me laugh.. loved your list of weird days ;)

brocasarea said...

lol...thank god i wash my hands:D...

every thing is possible except women no gossiping day!!...:P

Keshi said...

Some ppl hardly wash their hands but then there's ppl like me who suffer from massive OCD and wash their hands a million times a day! :)

Keshi.

Ps said...

I swear and solemnly swear to do my bit on educating people about washing hands. I always do. (washing hands I mean):-)
But more than washing hands I do think what our nation needs is things like 'Each one teach one' and a rural integration program to make the rural economies self sustaining, and efforts like Unnati in bangalore.
(sorry if i have on on a tangent here) I am amamzed at the indifference of many people when all it takes to make a difference is a bit of their time.
Cheers
Preeti

Prats said...

@joy Oh yes, in fact paper money carries a lot more germs than we imagine, and the soggines due to sweat makes it easy..

And no gossip means just that.not blogging noooooo
and yes, please talk and write too :) :)

@rambler yuccckkkkkssss...

@preethi List is a depsarate attempt to tell everyone, what a waste these stupid days are...There should be more meaningful days

Prats said...

@broca :) Oh yes, thank god!! for samll mercies... :)
You can never know...the power of determination a woman...they can achieve anything..

Suma said...

for teh record...i don't gossip!!!! hmmmpf...

for a minute i thought you were going to write on those heavenly lunches on banana leaves where its an art to scoop and eat...

but yes wash and sanitize...so very important and sadly so neglected...


and m'am, ure tag of ages ago finally done and ready for your perusal...:D

Prats said...

@keshi..Thats a whole better than dealing with unclean people...your obsession could actually be helpful to the others...so its accepted :)

Prats said...

@ps I am convinced..I really am!! :)

You said right...these useless days could instead be put into good use by declaring days for a certain good reason..
I said it too here **Why can't there be days where there is some progress in thinking and some betterment for the society??!!! Is it that hard??
**


Sometimes instead of progressing this society seems to be slipping downward... :(

--xh-- said...

hm.. i am one of those who digs into snauff...

the list is hilarious... a day for hand washing, nose picking and what not... LOL

Ziah said...

Cute!! :)

I will kinda hope the no-gossip day doesnt happen!! I would be so depressed if it did!!:)

Tys on Ice said...

you mean i have to wash my hand before eating?

damn! I thought it increased the flavour.

rayshma said...

LOL!! loved this post. and yes, i'm guilty of not washing hands after handling money. :D
the rest, my paranoia ensures that i remember! :D

Priya Rajesh said...

hey prats, iam new to your blog and have been reading some of your posts, very interesting (got ur link thru Preeti's)...I remember going to a restaurant and was so hungry, dint even wait to get the food on my table, ate roti without washing my hands....but the more i read this post, this thot comes to my mind, do the waiters in the restaurant wash their hands after using the rest room?

rm said...

your page out lay is great.

Prats said...

@xh :D Hopefully next time you'll look around before digging in?!!

Prats said...

@ziah I hope so too...i'd have nowhere to turn if it did.

Prats said...

@tys Of course it does increase the flavour tys and so will it bring in the army ( germs) too...i'm sur eyou wouldn't that?? :P
Now go be a good boy and wash your hands

Prats said...

@rayshma thank god!!! And yes, I think the paranoia is what gets us into action

Prats said...

@priya Hey welcome aboard. Mmm thats a question I know might have a negative answer :(..But lets live in hope and think that they do for our own sake

Prats said...

@rm hey thank you

Keshi said...

:)

tnxx!

Keshi.

Pavi!!!! said...

EWWWWWWW! ALL ppl don't wash their hands after visitin the restroom...thats really sooooo disgustin!

But washing hands after handlin money..is unheard of for me....

u know at home..the hubby is a caaazzzzzzy hand-washer...he doest it a zillion times!

J said...

And now I don't feel so weird to find my handwash disappear in 3 weeks max.

Yes, washing hands can be quite a past time. OCD, I am not!!!!

Vinesh said...

very valid points - totally agree with you prats!

did u also know that folks wash their hands with soap at public restrooms and then when they clasp the door knob to exit, the germs are back on their hand!!?