I once met a grown person that had never held another person’s hand. He was, by then much older than I was, at this drama workshop – and no one was shy, there was no reason to. This was about communication. Eye contact, body language, the power of a handshake, what it can tell about a person, or what holding hands can do ; if we do not emote,how can we transport feeling thru’ words: our voice will not carry anything except our distance.
Anyway, this gentleman, whom I was calling ‘ Uncle’ by now, in the good Indian way, had never ‘ held’ anyone’s hand, not even his sons’ or wife’s, or his parents’. It was a first time, and I did not know what a serious dilemma his was – the aloneness right there, the loss, the unknown quantity of such isolation, in a crowded nation. ( He was a Science Teacher, and the school had sent him because there was a sponsored seat in this Workshop, and no students. This was a beach resort in Chennai, he must have liked the idea of a holiday and agreed. After three days of the Workshop, Uncle T and I got talking, and it was not about Science. ).
Today seeing this post, reminded me of Uncle T, the tears in his eyes. He said the only time they had held his hand was when he was arrested very young for something he had never done. Quite something, uh?
Now, am unsure if it is a safe/ sane offer anymore, to hold people’s hands outside of home anymore, but exceptions apply, right? And there are people we know, who visit old people’s homes and other institutes, talking to inmates, playing carrom boards and chess, going out for walks, a drive.
If an animal can need company, just think what we humans need, and if we do not get it, what we can become :
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Elephants are SOCIAL ANIMALS, so this is far beyond cruel. You can tell by her body language that she’s terrified. Elephants will hold the trunks and tails of other elephants, very much like how humans hold hands. They do it for affection, and so the babies won’t ‘lag behind’ when they’re all walking together. They also hold each others tails when they’re scared. This poor girl is so scared and lonely that she’s holding her own tail! This sort of behavior is absolutely inhumane.
This planet earth does not belongs only to humans but to all living beings.