Anupam Kher shared a video today on Twitter asking people to say namaste in order to avoid spreading coronavirus.
he global scare of coronavirus has already impacted around 50 countries and claimed many lives. On March 2, two new cases were reported in New Delhi and Telangana, taking the total number of confirmed cases in India to five.
In order to avoid spreading the virus, many countries have suggested various measures, like the French government banning public gatherings of more than 5,000 people and to stop greeting each other with kisses.
As the world shunned handshakes and kisses, people in India found a desi solution. People on Twitter have been suggesting to go back to the traditional way of greeting each other with a namaste and Anupam Kher is the latest person to join the group.
Kher shared a video in which he suggested people to greet each other with a namaste and it immediately went viral. Watch it here:
Of late I am being told by lots of people to keep washing hands to prevent any kind of infection. I do that in any case. But also want to suggest the age old Indian way of greeting people called #Namaste. It is hygienic, friendly & centres your energies.
He shared the video with the caption, “Of late I am being told by lots of people to keep washing hands to prevent any kind of infection. I do that in any case. But also want to suggest the age old Indian way of greeting people called #Namaste. It is hygienic, friendly & centres your energies. Try it. Folded handsFolded hands #coronavirus.(sic)”
Ttraditional Indian way of greeting to say namaste
I feel that the best way to greet each other is not to shake hands, but to go back to traditional Indian way of greeting to say namaste. Put your hands together, so you don’t get infected you don’t have this fear of getting any infection. This is just an idea.”
He continued, “So namaste is much better, it also puts your energies together. Rather than shaking hands or hugging each other for some time, I think it is important that we are careful. So namaste.”
At the time of writing the article, the video had around 101k views, 1.6k retweets and 12.6k likes.
It seems the days of greeting each other with a hug, handshake or a high five are definitely over, at least for the time being.