Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Being a Left Hander :-)




Being a Left Hander:

I am a left hander or as Rocky would say ‘south paw’…my parents did not force me to change my natural inclination to use the left hand and I am thankful to them because I have met lots of people who are natural lefthanders but write using the right hand because of parental compulsions.

Let me high light some of the hassles faced by us south paws…..

Exams: Teachers think you are sitting and writing in this way just to look at someone’s answer sheet....in one exam the invigilator got convinced that i was writing with left hand just coz i could look into someone else's exam sheet.... ....only when he saw me writing very fast for around 5m did it convince him that i was a leftie!!!

Sitting in the examination hall is also a pain in the a** …During pre-degree we had 3 guys sitting on the same bench and I had a lot of trouble explaining to the teacher that I wanted to sit at the leftmost corner for others comfort and mine.

I use the 2 chair formula whenever possible, but during exams only limited chairs are allotted in the hall, so in the end when i need comfort the most, i lose out.....people see me doing stretching exercises in the exam....

Food: When eating with someone new I always get the question "Left hander, eh? what’s wrong with ur right hand ? " … nowadays though, people are more accepting ......

i have had well meaning waiters/unknown persons/ people over 50, come up to me and ask what happened to my right hand ...some people stare at my right hand to as if scanning for any visible signs of deformity/ surgery...its worse during marriage receptions....you get lot of older generation crowd who cant believe that my parents let me eat with my left hand! Some even ask my parents y didn’t they correct me when I was small...of course I never felt bad...

Also while taking seats in a party/restaurant etc i make sure i sit on the left most corner....

Using Scissors: Difficult.....but now i have mastered it a bit....

To be honest, even when I see a left hander writing/eating, I feel odd for a sec or two and then realize it’s just another leftie :-)

3 comments:

Diana said...

What you said is exactly true. Being a left-hander i also had the same problems :(,
After each university exams, the whole left hand would ache so much that i would think about how good it would have been if benches were provided instead (atleast no need to twist the whole body in the shape of the chair)
Good post anyway !!

Monu Joy said...

@ Diana : Yeah, thats y i used to do streching excercises in the exam hall much to everyones amusment :-)

Cool Cancerian said...

Never realised the problems you guys faced. I guess people should wake up to facts and help the lefties out.
I find it ridiculous when people ask questions as o why kids were not corrected at a young age. Yeah, nowadays people are more accepting. I myself remember my dad being really hard on my younger brother for using his left hand. He uses his right hand now. If left to himself maybe he would have been a leftie too.