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This article needs a lot of cleanup, formatting work, copy editing for grammar and citations, but I think it's an excellent start. I linked it out to one of the Indian Cuisine articles, so there is a start for fixing the linkless, but more needs to be done. I hesitate to edit any more deeply, since I only really know about West Indian customs. I can do some of the grammar cleanup, but the much of the original author's writing seem to be speaking as a primary source. I'm unsure what policy is on fixing that.

This article references a website called for many references. This is a shoddy website and none of the referenced pages exist. The reference links should be removed and the article cleaned up. If there is no reponse within a few days then I shall do so myself. TheRealIndianGuy (talk) 01:16, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Table MannersEdit

Should this article be merged with Table Manners?

Only if "Table Manners" is going to become an exhaustive rundown of all cultures' values and practices. 03:59, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Table MannersEdit

I think it justice will not be done with ( traidional) indian cuisines if they are merged with Table manners , as table manners infers to a more western style dining etiquette . Instead, table manners article should be merged with this one.

Only if "Table manners" is going to become exclusionary to all cultures but Indian. 03:59, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
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—KetanPanchaltaLK 07:59, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Excellent articleEdit

I liked the article very much in its current form. There's no need to merge it with the Table manners article. As it is the salient points from this article are already present on that article.

There was a word that I found inappropriate: "Indians usually give the following explanation for the practice of eating with hands: "Food is divine and needs to be enjoyed with touch, smell and taste. There is no joy in using a knife and thorns to eat it."" In Hindi "kaanta" is a genuine word for a fork. The way it has been used in the article suggests contempt towards the Western use of cutlery, which, of course, is not the case. So, am replacing the word with fork.

It might be a good idea to have separate articles or at least sections for etiquette in different regions of India. I think the concept of a finger bowl, for instance, is more prevalent in the North (may be because of cold climate). In other regions many times the hands are washed in the plates itself.

Also, does the spelling "jutha" require to be replaced by "jhootha"—am not sure of this part, though.

I don't know where can one find citations for such a subjective matter as etiquette, but the article will take a really good form when once they become available. On the whole, congratulations for a good job accomplished.


—KetanPanchaltaLK 10:52, 30 May 2008 (UTC) the whole leaving nothing on your plate is wrong. you should leave some on your plate to let your host know that you are full —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:13, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

Jutha and the Left HandEdit

You should never touch food with your poop-cleaning left hand, yet it's okay to do so when transferring food from the communal dish to your plate, just so that it does not come into contact with your saliva? Something doesn't sound right about that. As far as I've heard, one should not touch food with the left hand EVER. There must be some rationally consistent resolution to this dilemma. --SohanDsouza (talk) 18:24, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Right handEdit

Eating with the left hand is a faux pas, even for left handers. Popular belief has it that this is because the left hand is reserved for personal hygiene, but I'm not so sure about this. Just like any other practice, there might not be any rationalization. Can't cite a reference though. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 03:10, 18 June 2011 (UTC).


Kindly do not undo my addition. I have cited reference accurately. Please write TENTATIVELY i.e. unless you can prove every single Hindu does not eat beef you cannot make such a statement. It is kind of like saying every Christian person in the world shows his left cheek when they are slapped or no Buddhist has ever killed anything. I will report you should you continue to undo my balanced and CITED viewpoint. --Avedeus (talk) 00:42, 30 June 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Avedeus (talkcontribs)

Ok, Kiddo. If that satisfies your ego. You are not saying anything different from what I said. rams81 (talk) 13:36, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

How patronising!(:| --Avedeus (talk) 15:54, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

Beef is not common in the northeastern parts as much as in Kerala. Assam has a sizable Muslim population and there are many Catholics in states like Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur. I have seen them to be more common in the metros. Pork is very common in the northeast and it is very uncommon in many parts of India though Hindu religion does not oppose it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:06, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Not Dining on the tableEdit

There are many communities which believe that it is not proper to eat on a dining table. they will inevitably dine on the floor. can this be included. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:45, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

Northern India versus Southern IndiaEdit

Hello everybody, I am new to this concept of talk page and I am not sure if this is the right way to express myself (please help me out if it is not so, thanks.) I see a major flaw with this article. This article mostly refers to certain customs as belonging to either Northern India or Southern India. I agree that India is too diverse to start being specific about such things but where does Eastern India and Western India come into this equation? I am from eastern India (West Bengal, to be specific) and we do have certain etiquette but are we being grouped under North or South? We have many similarities with both. Geographically, we are in the North and culturally more similar too. But we almost always eat using our hands. Use of spoons is very rare. So, it directly conflicts with what has been written for North. My suggestion is that this article, if it is to be accurate, needs to be organised differently. Maybe there should be a section that is general and another section that is more specific. The general section can include customs that are followed all over India, like never using the left hand to eat or serve, washing your hands before and after a meal, etc. And the specific sections can contain more information about the states. Maybe there can be North, South, East and West sections. And in each section there can be some general information about those states and some specific information. Thanks! Octopus1901 (talk) 08:07, 27 June 2016 (UTC)


I have corrected a lot of things which refer to South Indian and East Indian customs, as if they were true of the whole sub-continent. I have not tried to find sources, firstly because it does not seem necessary, anymore than it is necessary to source a reference to the effect that Europeans eat with knife and fork. One billion or so residents of North and East India as well as Pakistan follow these customs. No doubt, several are your colleagues. Ask one of them if you are in any doubt. Secondly, it is often much easier to find references to claims of outlandish behaviour than to more normal behaviour. For example, if you google you can quickly find any number of articles saying that Westerners do not clean their anus after defecation. As you are, no doubt, already aware, this is not entirely true: they do, in fact, remove the worst of the filth with paper. I have also read that Westerners drink blood. It is much harder to find a source to the effect that Westerners do NOT drink blood. Nakashchit (talk) 00:17, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

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