A: "Oh, HI!!! how ARE you? SUCH a long time since we met!"
B: "HI!!! Yes, it's been a long time...so...how's things with you?"
A:"All well, and how are your children/parents/family/dogs?"
B:" Oh, carrying on..you know how it is....things are SO hectic you know..."
Well, I am much more tolerant of these conversations now. I know that it allows A to desperately hunt around in hes mind for B's name, and for B to check out A's children/jewellery (and also possibly recollect HES name), and each to size up the other in case they really can't stand each other, and gives them the space to make polite further conversation about either how good it was in the old days, or some vague talk about "we must meet up soon" so that they can part amicably until they meet again at the next social gathering.
....and I viscerally HATE air-kissing and social,keeping-my-saree-and-jewellery-in
I am NOT a socially adept animal!