Gestures are universally present. Humans can’t live without
In the morning when the school bus leaves, a parent waves
bye to his/her little child and the little child also waves back.
After reaching school, that child before entering the
classroom and says-“May I come in teacher?” In reply sometimes the teacher
simply nods her head.
When a batsman is taking the stance to bat, he often signals
with striking of the bat to the ground that he is ready to face the ball.
Sometimes it happens that the batsman asks the bowler to stop
before he delivers the bowl. The ball if bowled, is signalled to be a dead
While entering a building, most of the time, the security
guard or supervisor salutes you or says-“Good morning sir or ma’am”.
When you take a wicket, you pump your fists in the air to
celebrate the homecoming of the wicket.
In baseball when you complete a home run, all celebrate
especially the player completing the home run with wide open arms.The whole
team dances around and the team mates give fist bumps to each other.
In football, after scoring a goal, a footballers celebrate their
goal in their unique styles.
When a traffic cop stops you whether he or she uses any
gesture for stopping by showing the hand signal for stop, you understand their
signals very well irrespective of anything.
While entering a restaurant, a staff member will always be
present to welcome you. Sometime later the manager too would come to greet and
ask you whether everything is alright or not.
When a train is about to leave a station, the guard of the
train signals with the green flag, so that the train can go ahead.
At a credit card vendor in a mall, they use various
techniques of asking you to come to subscribe to their credit cards. They even
roam around with you asking you whether you use credit card or not, whether you
would like to make the best of the offers which they have. Some even proclaim
that credit cards are given on the spot without any documentation. Once you
subscribe to such a card, you may use more than a thousand gestures but, you
won’t be able to shake them off.
When your boss call you into his/her office, he/she simply
gesture with their hand or head that you are wanted in the office.
When you want your mother or father to buy you anything, you
would plead, keep on asking them for it, until and unless they buy it for you.
After drinking water from a water bottle, we often wipe our
mouths with our hand.
After having a belly full of lunch or dinner we rub our hand
over our tummy signalling that we are full to the brim.
When backing our car, a parking assistant often gestures
with his hand that go a bit to this side or go a bit to that side.
So, humans are full of boatload of gestures. Given at any
time, on any day, we all are consciously and unconsciously making gestures.