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2007-08-17
Name: Editor Do you like formal gatherings or do you prefer informal ones? Have you ever had to plan a formal gathering? Did you enjoy it? Was it a success or a hilarious disaster?
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2008-01-07
#1
Name: deepti
Subject:  how does it matter
Does it matter whether u like a formal or informal gathering, it depends upon the occassion and type of guest coming up tht makes the party formal or informal , top of tht njoyment comes within urself,if u want to njoy u can do it even without going to any gathering whether formal or informal
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2007-09-21
#2
Name: dhawal
Subject:  Boring
Formal dinners are too rigid. Its not the same thing as going to a friend' s place and lounging around.
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2007-08-24
#3
Name: Swaraj Das
Subject:  What´ s about formal dining?
I dont understand this whole debate about formal dining. There are all kinds of social engagements - you obviously follow different norms for each. You don' t do at a wedding function what you do at a house warming party etc. Formal dinners have their time and place, and require the fulfillment of certain mores... that' s all there is to it. This does not call for all this debating and voicing of strictly subjective opinions such as whether one likes it or does not or whatever.
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2007-08-21
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Name: swarupa
Subject:  Formal is boring
I think formal dinners are such sombre occassions where people pretend to be more serious than they are, the conversation is dry and often quite forced, and the food, even if it is good, seems to stick in one' s throat... phew!
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2007-08-24
#5
Name: Rakesh
Subject:  Formal friends
I think formal dinners can be alright. You just need some people who are conversation starters who move around in the crowd.
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2007-08-23
#6
Name: Manoj
Subject:  Formal dinners not for all
For a formal dinner engagement to really work you need people who are generally comfortable in such a setting... who are really good conversationalists and are completely at ease with the unwritten rules of conduct in such a situation.

There is nothing more pathetic than over dressed pepople, sscared stiff, fumbling with their food and afraid to speak for fear of committing a faux pas
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2007-08-22
#7
Name: jayesh
Subject:  Not true
Formal dinner need not mean that the converation is all serious and that people cannot joke or indulge in light banter... i think your point is not valid at all
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2007-08-20
#8
Name: Swarna
Subject:  Interesting
I guess the kind of gathering depends a lot on the people you have to entertain. In our Indian setup, most gatherings are fairly informal since we are comfortable in this kind of setting. Having said that, if you had to invite your husband' s boss or clients,they are not going to be comfortable dancing or indulging in boisterous behavior. Basically there are times when being formal is appropriate and actually sets people at ease since they know how they are supposed to behave.
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2007-08-20
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Name: Karishma
Subject:  Hosting parties
I think when I host parties with my husband for his colleagues its easier to have a formal setup in order to ensure that you cater to all present. It helps bring a kind of order and ensures everyone gets ample amount of attention. Dealing with large crowds is only possible this way. Otherwise its likely someone or the other is going to get left out and be sitting in the corner.
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2007-08-20
#10
Name: Bharat
Subject:  Depends on the gathering
I guess it would depend upon the purpose of the gathering and the number of people that are gathered there. Its better to have a formal gathering if you have your seniors and elders invited. If the gathering is merely a few colleagues then perhaps an informal gatherings will suffice.
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2007-08-21
#11
Name: Charu
Subject:  The formality of informals
I think I agree with you, but it generally depends on the job that people do. A place that has people in an informal attitude at work is likely to have a similar attitude when gathered at parties
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2007-08-20
#12
Name: Jennifer
Subject:  Informal is the way to go
I think informal gatherings are more fruitful. People get to really mingle and meet new people and get to know each other. The conversation is more spontaneous and not at all stifled as compared to these formal gatherings.
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