The coronavirus pandemic has certainly given a huge blow to all sorts of ideas and definitions we were holding onto, and every day we are learning something new and introducing it to our ‘new normal’ routine.
With most of the world still being under lockdown, the pandemic has changed our perspective widely. Through the years, shaking hands has become the universal gesture for greeting, and it is something very natural that we do it when we meet someone.
Also while greeting close friends or family members the most instinctive thing to do is to go in for a hug. Unfortunately, even these simple gestures can lead to possible contamination. But getting adapted remains a strong suit for humans and as always, we have come up with possible solutions for this difficult situation.
Here are a few options other than handshakes and hugs, that can convey your emotions without the risk of infection.
A simple age-old practice in india, which is respectful and hygienic at the same time. Join your hands together in front of your body and bow your head a little. And do not forget to smile at the person in front of you.
Waving seems enough and conveys a casual greeting for friends without any touching involved.
3. Head Shake or The Indian Head Bobble
The Indian Head Bobble has found many references in pop culture, both in India as well as Hollywood films and American sitcoms. The head bobble is neither a nod of acceptance, not a shake of disapproval. It’s more like, ‘it’s all good’.
4. Hand On Heart
A sign of respect as well as greeting, this gesture only requires you to place your hand on your heart and bow your head. It serves a heartfelt greeting for all people.
5. The East Coast Wave
The slight upward lift of your head serves as a casual gesture that can be used to convey a lot of things like hey, what’s up, how is it going. It does not even require spoken words, only the return of the gesture.