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If you keep thinking about what people think about you, then what will people think? Sounds apt but how many times would have it occurred while walking down the road or sitting by the lane or perhaps while interacting with an individual that you pass a verdict about someone you just met or possibly the one you just observed. It feels so refreshing, a group of friends, sitting in a corner, with a cocktail, and someone to talk about. Perfect! If I recall a few experiences of my own I am amused by the thought that the person I thought I’ll never talk to once turns out to be one of my best friends. Isn’t it relatable? Well, keep it to yourself if it’s not! It’s said, “You’ll never get a second chance to create a good first impression”, true! But few people literally give their all to make the first one the best. One must be aware about “Whateva”, “LOL”, “haha”, “aww”, “sweg”, “kewl”, “sup” all with a fake accent, the big shades in the dark, the cool jackets in summers, all shouting out loud, “Oh, M Kewl man! Look at me!” Thank God to such stuff we have something so interesting to talk about every minute. So, now we know the root cause of a fake-bogus World! Beholding the other part of this, First Impressions are somewhere or the other also associated with the stereotypes our society carries with itself. It takes a huge “Cultural Shock” to get them to understand that it can happen in a different manner too. If a chubby person goes on the stage he might be there just to make a fool out of himself, because stereotypically, “fat people cannot dance”. One’s eyes might just pop out and tumble down the ground if a fat person starts dancing well. It might be a cause for a heart attack to a normal person if they come to know that a blonde can be a genius or perhaps, by looking at a Muslim man who’s not a terrorist! Therefore, it is quite evident that a “First Impression” in a human being about another mortal is fabricated much before one actually even encounters them. Rarely do we see such an Impression lasting truly long. I recollect last month when a friend of mine, all boozed up during the Germany v/s Argentina FIFA final 2014, misbehaved with a girl and got whacked and reprimanded for the same. After words like, “it will be better if we don’t talk”, who could visualize both of them taking a walk together every night and sharing their thoughts and ideas! Such is the power of first impressions. Null. A more limited and rather restricted image comes out with such a perspective. First impressions are really not for people who want to live their lives to the fullest; they are rather for people bound by their own point of views and others’ too! Always remember that First impression is never the last and certainly not fixed. All you need is a pure intention, natural behaviour and hunger to learn and experience, you’ll have nothing to worry about your impressions on others after that.

“I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong. You can look at a painting for the first time, for example, and not like it at all, but after looking at it a little longer you may find it very pleasing. Your initial opinion on just about anything may change over time.”
― Lemony Snicket, the Bad Beginning
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Ahsaas Verma

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Haryana ,  INDIA

I am currently a second year student pursuing my Bachelors in Social Sciences at TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Tuljapur (Maharashtra). I am a trained dancer who has his interest in listening to music, writing, reading and exploring places. I like to interact and talk with people irrespective of common interests, liking, disliking etc.. Understanding people and getting to know them better is what makes my day.  I am keen of cultural and co-curricular activities and like to explore my abilities. I believe in doing whatever best I can in whatever I am doing. My blogs might come across as childish and amateur, but perhaps I think that is how we learn. I am a complete foodie, a travel enthusiast and passionate dancer. I am supposedly fun loving and I would love to stay like that! 

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