Club Member Susantha tells us that in Sri Lanka, as in most South East Asian countries, most people use their fingers at meal times. It is considered rude to eat with your left hand and this could lead to embarrassing situations. The least of such situations will be when at a formal meal you are seated next to a person using his right hand your left elbow keeps getting in the way of your neighbours right elbow. “I am a confirmed left hander but have always used my right hand at meal times. Both my sons are also left handed and they use their left hand at meal times”.
Bob from Honolulu reported on the same subject, but a bit more forthrightly…If you are ever invited to a Middle Eastern sit-down dinner.. truly sit-down.. on the floor.. and find no utensils.. make absolutely certain that you use your right-hand to dig in to the platters.. as in Arab culture.. the left-hand has one important function.. to wipe one's rear!
If you have any views or more information on this or any other situations where using your left hand can be embarrassing please add a comment below.