and, very crucially,
Now I don't know about you, but I'm simply longing to meet a graduate from this Institute. I expect her to smile incessantly yet elegantly at me while nattering confidently in five different voices about how personally hygienic she is. And just to prove it, she will stick her hand out to shake mine and ever-so-subtly have me notice that there ain't no dirt under those fingernails.
Anyway, the Hindustan Times tells me that Godel is part of a boom industry: etiquette classes. ("Manners matter", February 18 2006).
For example, a fetching lady whose handshake I just know must be poised, a Chaya Momaya, conducts etiquette and grooming classes for clients in the age bracket of "12 to 67". (Whoops! I'm out). Very narrow bracket, you think? Fear not, there's Pria Warrick, who has classes for clients "as young as six." (Forget that karate or dance class for your little tyke). Shital Kakar Mehra focuses on CEOs who might be "highly qualified", but "struggle at business lunches as they lack certain skills." (Like what skills? Eating?)
There are plenty of valuable lessons to be learned from these people. Some are sprinkled through the HT article. A sample:
and my personal favourite:
Yes, but as you slap the butter, are you allowed to say, sternly, "Naughty butter! Very bad butter!"?