JournalismPakistan.com December 21, 2013
I am the sort of person who enters a mass party (as in catered) and gets a limp handshake, or the person being introduced is looking at someone else while brushing my hand indifferently.
There you are in this group and he is brought by the host to be introduced being a big honcho or whatever and he is actually shaking your hand while standing sideways…at least have the courtesy to look at me.
Why even bother, just nod and push off. Okay, so I am not a worthwhile stop for you, like those fast trains that whizz past little platforms while you try to read the name of the station, great, just carry on.
Worse is the guy who shakes hands but has no interest whatsoever in you and is already looking over your head for a better (socially more satisfying) target so he can dump you…and he dumps you by adding insult to injury..migoodness there's Raaji (billionaire, CEO, top banker) have to say hi to him.
Then you have the hand-holder who won’t let go. What is the exact moment to split the shake, like okay, get it over with, but he sort of leaves in stages, like loosen grip, drop palms, slide fingers, linger, let go. GO.
There is also the fellow who gives you the whole nine yards. Hugs, slap on the back, hearty and hail fellow, a hello takes five minutes and you feel you have been mugged. Every time he asks you how you are he thumps you on the back.
I think shaking hands is barbaric. Just say, hello and move on. Next time I keep my hands in my pocket, you’ll know why, who wants to be a little platform where the train doesn’t stop.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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