Strange Cultures

We came back from town, and no one had eaten (though I didn’t realize this).  My stomach has been fickle recently so I wasn’t that hungry.  I think it has to do with the fact that I’m used to only eating twice a day with something small in the morning.  Everyone has been trying to feed me all the time here.  We ate a little later and after dinner Brittni and I talked at the table for a bit.  After we wandered off they (my aunts and grandmother, ed.) swooped in on the table and started eating.  This is when I realized that they weren’t eating with us not because they were eating at a different time because we were all screwed up because of jet lag, but because they culturally ate after the head of the family (or the guests, or the men.  I’m not really sure since Ranji was hesitant to eat with us as well).

The next day I talked to my dad about eating together.  We ate lunch with my grandmother and ranji.  I tried to thank my grandmother for eating with us, but it took quite a feat of translation to finally get the message across.  I’m not sure how the culture shock went down with them, but we will see if my attempt to equal out the social class will stick.

December 23, 2003 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation

Leave a Reply