Many of us simply do not know party conventions

As for the drinks under the seats, they are invariably left there, forgotten, as we consume more and more of the above-board offerings. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Talking about the subject can easily sound like the common sniggering or even heckling with which many of us, especially from underprivileged backgrounds (walalahoi), are teased and tormented by the rich and comfortable (walalahai).

  • Since I make no secret of my roots in the former group, I can assert with conviction that my mention of food and eating decency has nothing to do with social class snobbery.

The end of the year is upon us, and it is the season for celebrations, including the good old-fashioned office party. They are merry and delightful occasions, those office parties, where the cleaner dances with the MD, and the messenger and the driver tell off the chief accountant for his meanness.


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