• Shashank Gupta

Two Strangers in a City

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

In this fast-paced life, we meet a lot of new people. Sometimes those meetings turn into friendships, sometimes just acquaintances. We have school friends, college friends, work friends, colony friends, BFFs, week

end friends and many more. But once. this rare thing happened when I could not place this stranger in a particular kind. Meeting people online was not foreign to me. Becoming friends without making too many efforts, what more can you ask for. I always find new people to get inspired from, to increase my corporate network or just casually talk. I want to tell you about this stranger who imprinted my heart after a long long time. First impressions She is beautiful and independent. She loves her family and friends. She is expressive and fearless. I call myself a feminist, but people like her can cause female domination! Not that I’ll complain. Icebreakers Intellectual, thoughtful, friendly, open-minded and responsive. What more can you expect a stranger to be? She was all of that. And suddenly we found ourselves talking about the most bizarre things. We clicked on some things and argued on some. There were innocent confessions and sarcastic comebacks. This was special, we felt it. And now, I couldn’t wait to meet her. Our first meeting Online friendships are little tricky. Because behind the keyboard, people can portray a false image of themselves. And it gets a little awkward if the energies don’t match. That’s why I fuss a lot about making the right first impressions. A little preparation never kills. But that evening, I just wanted to see what comes. We met for a couple of beers after office. It was a hasty plan. But time went by so fast, we ended up talking till midnight. Texting is so much fun. Actual meeting? Even better. Online you can ask about likes and dislikes. Stories behind them come out when you meet in person. This was one of the best evenings I spent in the city. Some thoughtful discussions. Some senseless blabber. The vibes were so good, she felt like home. What now? (Conclusion) According to a study, you’re the average of five people closest to you. So why wouldn’t I want a friend like her? One evening, I had such an impact on me that I imagine her right next to me whenever I’m in a tough spot. I feel less homesick and more optimistic. Stress levels have come down and laughter has gone up. A stranger can be good or bad. You should be good enough to judge them. If you are lucky enough, then you will find a good one and will learn a lot from that person. Meeting new people is our food of thought so when I invest my time, I get learning out of it like I have started living a better life. I don’t know whether we will meet again or not but few people make you better just by the warmth of being with you! Do share your “Stranger Experiences” if you have any, in the comment section below. 🙂

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