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Saying the first hello

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Often, the first impressions we form about people turn out to be half-baked opinions.
I was under the impression that a gentleman staying in a neighbouring building was arrogant, opinionated and a die-hard supporter of the ‘sons-of-the-soil’ theory.
Till I went out of my way to wish him a “Hello” the other evening.
He turned out an amiable, knowledgeable, friendly middle-aged man.
We spoke at length about his son’s recent college admission, the magazine I work for and his correct assessment of it being a publication for the classes and not the masses, the wide disparity between the haves and the have-nots in our country, his sticking to his first job for the last 24 years, his travels to my native place (Garhwal) being put on hold due to the exams and coaching classes of his two sons, their dancing skills, etc.
I don’t know what he thought of our conversation.
But I came away thinking it was an half hour well-spent.

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Written by Raju Bist

January 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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