No, I don’t want the rest (of your impure leftovers)

Janna White
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Once, my cooking teacher gave me a chunk of jaggery to try. I had taken one bite when her sweet-toothed son appeared out of nowhere and grabbed it off the table. My teacher chased after him to get it back before he ate it with the fervor of someone trying to stop their child from sticking a finger in an electrical socket. It was jutha -- having already been partially consumed by me, it was tainted and impure; for him to eat it would be abhorrent. So watch how you share food. When drinking from a water bottle, pour it into your mouth instead of putting the bottle to your lips. And if someone offers to let you try their dish at a restaurant, serve yourself with a clean spoon or fork. If you don’t, you may have just denied them their dinner.


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