Gesture

People show various gestures when they talk, walk, and do any other activity according to their moods and according to circumstances. However, one cannot create a completely new gesture that belongs to nobody. In fact, gestures belong to nobody, and they belong to everybody. For example, a boy proposes a girl with a bouquet of red roses in his hand and with one of his kneels on the ground. The boy’s face exhibits a mixture of perplexity and nervousness. Fortunately, the girl smiles widely and accepts the proposal being impressed by his gesture. However, does the gesture of the boy belong merely to him? Of course, not! Nor is the girl’s smile a part of her individual charm; it could be a crucial character of another person.

Gestures are like traditions; they transfer from person to person. The people from whom we copy gestures are not necessarily our parents, family members, teachers, and friends. They can even be the people whom we do not know. We, students attend several conferences and meetings and visit various places for research works; hence, we meet people from different parts of the world with different gestures. Sometimes, we get fascinated by someone’s gesture so much that we try to imitate his or her gesture. For example, in our last AUW symposium, I was spellbound by Hans Rosling’s presentation. The way he spoke and the way he had organized his presentation awestruck not only me but also almost all the attendees of the symposium. I am quite sure that people who attended the conference have impacts of his gestures knowingly or unknowingly. Nevertheless, it is not impartial to say that those are his own gestures; there may be other people also having the similar gestures.

Similar is the case with the narrator and an old and ugly woman in the novel, “Immortality” by Milan Kundera. The narrator encounters the woman at a pool. She is learning to swim with a lifeguard. When it is time for her to return home, she turns back to the lifeguard and waves him goodbye with a sweet smile and charm in her face like that of a twenty-year-old girl. The narrator gets captivated by her charming gesture, but later, he reckons that the gesture is not her own; others also may show the similar gesture. Thus, he concludes that it is not her own gesture.