Why it’s okay to sweat the small stuff
What is the etiquette of greeting an opposite-sex colleague in a social situation? Should you shake hands or air-kiss? Are you surrounded by people who continually complain about being broke but manage to pop over to Bali for a holiday? Do you like saying the names of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Aung San Suu Kyi just because they sound good? Do you feel uncomfortable if the television volume is set to an even number? Have you ever left a social function thinking, ‘Am I the only normal person in the world?’ If any of this resonated with you, then Bernard Salt is your fellow traveller. Decent Obsessions is a rollicking – some might say slightly obsessive – journey through the manners, the mores and the minutiae of modern life.