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International Left Handers Day: Left In A Right World

Left Handers Day

Ever vexed with using right-hander’s tools all the year? Ever vexed with the things designed for right-handers’ comfort? If yes, then you are absolutely a lefty. Left-handedness is less common than right-handedness and 10% – 12% of the world population is lefties. On the occasion of ‘International Left Handers Day’, we come up with something related to all those left handers.

History

To bring attention to the uniqueness of left-handed people and struggles they face daily in this right-handed society, The Left Handers Club (UK) decided to dedicate a day to lefties and declared 13th August as International Left Handers Day in 1992.

Why Sinistrality?

The human brain is having two hemispheres. The right hemisphere controls movements on the left side of the body and vice versa. It is still a mystery why humans develop ‘handedness’. Some scientists say this feature is linked to a gene. Studies say it is often associated with intellectual creativity.

Advantages

A study found that lefties are more creative and holistic thinkers as their right side of the brain is responsible for prowess in music, spatial awareness, art and music. It’s easy for lefties to write Arabic languages include Hebrew, Urdu, Persian and Arabic as they are written from right to left.

Problems

The problems lefties face in general include crossing people on pavements, hugging, locking and unlocking doors, tying shoe laces, opening doors, writing in spiral notebooks, using computer mouse, playing instruments like guitar, violin, etc.

It is estimated that there are more than 10 crore Indians are lefties. Many Indians believe in social stigmas and superstitions laid by the society. They perceive using left hand for good purposes is an abnormal and devilish act. Sinistrality is perceived as a curse and people perform pujas to impress God in order to relieve the person from that.

A platform – The Indian Left Hander Club (ILHC) for Indian lefties is created to disseminate the left-handedness and also to abolish the existed stigmas and superstitions.

Famous Indian lefties include Mahatma Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Narendra Modi, Ratan Tata, Laxmi Nivas Mittal, Sachin Tendulkar, Karan Johar, Kapil Sharma, among others.

Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Oprah, Bill Clinton, Bush, Prince Williams, Angelina Jolie, etc. are also famous lefties in the world.