January 07, 2012

How we accept gifts in my family

Since the time I remember, I have never seen people of my family use formal words in conversation.  By “family” I mean extended family: everyone who’d come down if there’s a celebration at my house, for instance.  If a relative gifts me something, I wouldn’t say “thanks”... that just isn’t the way you accept a gift.

This clip from Aadukalam movie reminded me of that way of accepting gifts.  Probably because I grew up seeing it, this seems like a more graceful way of accepting a gift than thanking for it.  Even today I avoid thanking people in my family... it just doesn’t feel that good to say thanks :)


(In the video, the guy is gifted a ring.  He accepts it just with a remark “it’s good”.)

2 comments:

  1. haha, same thing happens in my family too. Also, the opposite will happen, no one will hesitate to say it if they didn't like it. 'Eh! Nallave Ille!'

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  2. Oh yeah. My mom has exchanged her gifts several times by taking them directly to the shop (with the purchase receipt).

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