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The Tribune - Middle - Mar 23, 2006.

Date: 21-Jun-2017

All fingers and thumbs
by G. S. Battu

Raised finger of the Indian coach raised quite a ruckus. Even though God kept fingers at the arms length from the body, they irrefutably play a very vital role in every day activities. In fact, going anatomically, thumb has the distinction of largest representation in the brain, area wise, may be because of extraordinary mobility and range of motions it possesses.

Thumb starts playing an important role right from the infancy. Next to the mother and the bottle, it’s the best implement that fits into the mouth, like a custom-made candy, to soothe the ruffled psyche of the kid.

If one manages to reach adulthood circumventing the education system, thumb impression helps to circumvent the hassles of putting down signatures. Thumbs up means all set to go and thumbing the nose means no go.

Even the little finger plays some major roles. Throughout life, raised little finger would excuse one for nature’s call, raised two fingers would mean more urgent one. Ring finger is thought to be connected straight to the heart. Based on this credence, it is the chosen one to be the foundation of holy alliance with the chosen spouse. That the heart may rebel and flutter later on, in non compliance to signals from this finger, is another story.

Index finger comes handy while accusing other people. It’s thought to be the most sensitive finger and is used by various professionals to feel things according to their needs. It is the most important digit for surgeons, gynaecologists and trigger happy people. Touching of tips of index fingers in Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam denotes something entirely different.

If fingers are so important individually, wait till you see them act in tandem. Combinations of thumb and index fingers are most persuasive. Join their tips in a circle and move hand to show your admiration. Pickpockets and bottom pinchers depend solely on these fingers for their respective sadistic pleasures. Add in middle finger and you see beautiful outcome of pen pushers and artists. Join them all in fist and witness strength in unity.

But the middle finger alone? It stands taller than others, protected by two on either side, may be that is what makes it arrogant. All that outrage caused by a fleeting gesture? May be for once, we can really blame it on a foreign hand.

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