What is that you notice in the above photograph?
Of course, you realised that it’s a live TV programme and so many TV Mikes in front of the person…This person must be a VIP on that occasion and people at large must be eagerly waiting to listen to every sentence he is going to speak.
Apart from the person and various TV channel mikes, what else did you notice?
Did you ever hear the word-Antimacassar?
It’s a piece of cloth put over the back of a chair to protect it from grease and dirt or as an ornament.
By now you have noticed the light brownish turkey towel covering part of the chair, being used by this person.
Yes my friend, This is the saga of, ‘Towel on the chair back’
How commonly it is used?
- I am aware of this kind of cloth pieces being used on the airline chairs.
- I have also noticed the same in the corporate functions or inaugurations where guest chairs are covered with a clean towel.
- Other than this, I come across such practices in politicians and bureaucrat offices in India regularly.
In India the reasons given are many
I don’t know of any protocol existing in India about the usage of turkey towel on the chairs.
✔India is a hot country😎😃
The Back of the person sweats heavily and the sweat gets absorbed in the chair upholstery and the backrest side and gradually it starts smelling and stinking. Placing a towel absorbs sweat and the towel can easily be washed regularly.
✔Some say it’s the legacy, left by the British Raj.
✔Some say the towel is a symbol of power.
✔Strangely these towels are never used to wipe your face or hands! I don’t know the reason.
✔Simply put, the practice is prevalent because either the chairs are dirty or the towels can at least hide the stains.
Whether this habit is popular in other countries…I don’t know.
Are you aware of ‘Towel Day’?
Yes, my friend. There is one such day celebrated on May 25 every year, another 3 days to go. Acknowledge the importance of the towel.
Which is correct?
“I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me” Nick Miller
Take home message
Don’t panic and carry a towel!
(Tribute to Douglas Adams)
Philosophy Through Photography
Image by © PTP-2021 All Rights Reserved