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by Saagar

If you come into a Nepali family there will be attempts at heaping your plate with food high as the Himalayas . If you feel you cannot eat it all, try first to stop the heaping by saying politely "pugyo!" or "bhaayo!". In the last instance and at the brink of despair you can hold your right hand protectively over your plate and be firm in your insistance that it is indeed enough.
If it is the first serving, you can insist it is just too much, so ask the host please take half (or whatever suitable) back. This CANNOT be done once you have started to eat or touched the food on you plate. You shall also not touch the host's utensils or serving plate or try to push food back into the pot/common bowl. This may (depending on the degree of seriousness of ritual tradition) ritually pollute all the food in the pot and completely spoil the food and the meal as such for the entire family. This concept of ritual pollution is called "juutho" and goes beyond food, too. You may laugh at this notion, but to be a good tourist these are rules that need to be observed. The good news is that it is not an offense to leave some food on your plate with the excuse that you simply cannot finish it all. The dogs, chickens and other creatures will make good use of your leftovers.

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  • Updated Apr 20, 2004
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