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Around the world in 80 days – Wanderlust is their middle name. They make it a point not only to visit new places, and savour new cuisines but also to soak in the various cultures of the world. They know about the hidden gems in their own city; don’t be surprised if they know about the ones in yours too!


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Blue’s Clues – Just like Blue in the show “Blue’s Clues”, this person likes to communicate via hints. If you meet such a person be prepared for lots of Indirect references, the Silent treatment and the constant struggle of trying to figure out what they’re thinking because they won’t come right out and say it. Tip : Tell them you aren’t psychic !

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Care bear – Sweet, kind and helpful. The type of person you can’t help but like. It’s all sunshine, butterflies and flowers when you’re around them. Some even take care of you and your home just like your mother would.

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Devil in disguise – It’s true when people say appearances are deceptive and the “Devil in Disguise” is case in point. What goes on outside is completely in contrast with their true intentions. Beware !

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Eyesore – You don’t know why but you hate them for no good reason. Their mere presence annoys you. You avoid them like the plague.

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Food food – The quintessential foodie. They live to eat.

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Giraffe – They’re so freaking tall you just have to ask – How’s the weather up there? People with average height seem like midgets in comparison.

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Health nut – The fitness freak who spends most of his/her time working out in the gym, doing yoga or any other type of exercise. They keep tabs on what and how much they eat and treat their body like a temple. Whether its nutrition facts or their idea of a perfect exercise regimen, they’ll be happy to give you all sorts of gyaan, irrespective of whether you asked for it or not.

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I, me, myself – They do not give a damn about other people’s feelings. They will not hesitate to walk all over you or manipulate you for their own gain.

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Justin Bieber fan/hater – The world can be easily divided into die-hard fans of Justin and the people who hate him to death. Well, love him or hate him, you just can’t ignore the world’s most popular teen. You’re sure to bump into one sometime or the other.

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Knock-off – They steal ideas, concepts, styles and even words. They lack originality or are just too afraid to put their own ideas / thoughts forward. Either way they aren’t their real selves – just a Knock-off.

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The Lannister – Yes, you guessed it right ! They always pay their debts. If you mess with them, they will have their revenge.

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Magazine cover model – Perfectly groomed looks, the most stylish clothes, designer watches and bags from the costliest brands, is what you will see. Never a hair out of place, you wonder if they just stepped out of the cover page of Vogue !

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Nemesis – Your biggest competitor, you arch rival – they could be at your school or at work. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer they say, so keep a keen eye on their every move.

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Out of your league crush – Dreamy eyes, smart, funny and attractive. They’re probably all of these things or so you believe. In your eyes they’re oh-so-hot and perfect relationship material. The only glitch is that they’re out of your reach and you cannot gather up the courage to ask them out. So, you just gaze at them from afar.

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Penny wise – Money related decisions are very carefully analysed. Savings are given priority over Spending. Impulse buying is a strict no-no.

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Queen bee – A girl who loves to be the centre of attention ALL the time. If someone else gets the spotlight even for a second she feels threatened / stressed. She wants her every whim or fancy to be fulfilled because the world revolves around her Of course.

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Roadside romeo – He’s the creepy guy who tries just too hard. He interprets “Sorry, I’m not interested.” as ‘Try again tomorrow”.  This guy would go to any lengths to impress you and just doesn’t take no for an answer.

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Sun of the solar system – Their charismatic and happy personality along with their social skills tend to attract people towards them. They are the life of any party and are always surrounded by a bunch of people. They become the centre of attention as people naturally gravitate towards their charm.

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Twinkle toes – Dancing is in their blood; they love to swirl, twirl and groove. Turn on the music and watch them own the stage.

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Uptight – This person has a tendency of only doing what’s right or what’s allowed. Their body and mind rebels when they’re asked to loosen up or bend the rules even a little bit.

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Vanilla – Plain Joes and Janes. The words “Simple” and “Average” describe them best.

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Worry wart – As the name suggests, they expect the worst out of every situation and spend their time incessantly worrying – even about the most littlest and insignificant of things.


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Xena – A strong and confident woman that you look up to – this may be your mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, teacher, neighbour, friend or wife. You love how they take care of themselves and those close to them.


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Yo-yo – One minute it’s this and the next minute it’s that ! They do not stick to their decisions, regret after making one and are almost always unsure when given multiple alternatives.

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Zone of negativity – Pessimistic in their perspective towards life in general, to them the glass is always half empty. If you come into contact with one – Run. Far far away.

Which of these people have you met ?



Date somebody who does not fall in any category, someone whom you’ll discover everyday!

Date a person who cannot be put in a stereotypical box. Date someone that will constantly surprise you. She/he might like to travel, be a homebody or listen to Pink Floyd. Their favourite ice-cream flavour might change every year, they might love pets or they might not. They may like to read comics as much as Wordsworth poetry or watch Gossip Girl with the same level of enthusiasm as El Clásico.

Date somebody whose personality is dynamic and unique. Date somebody whose moves cannot be predicted with absolute certainty. She/he might be a romantic at heart and still not be comfortable expressing his/her feelings, they may like music but not dance or they might be confident and modest at the same time. Learn to embrace their perfect imperfections, because, at the end of the day, you’re not perfect yourself.

Date a person that does not confirm to your watertight personality classifications, someone who disproves your misconceptions and turns your prejudices on their head. There are no clichéd persons in the world; human beings are not that simplistic. We all have complexities in our personality and behaviour.

Date somebody who does not fall in any category, someone whom you like being with.

* Inspired by the numerous “Date a guy/girl who” posts going around online. Have you read the post that got it all started? If not, go here.

Here are a few good ones on Thought Catalog : You should Date a boy who Breathes , Date a guy who has Pets , Date a girl who Bakes , and Date a girl who writes.

Agree or Disagree? Leave a comment below.

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(This post is in response to the Zero to Hero writing prompt for Day 16  : Do reputations actually reflect who people are ? Or are instead the result of social biases and stereotypes? )

Thick, black rimmed spectacles, average Plain Jane looks, introverted nature and a great academic record. Thea was a typical nerd. She was seventeen and had just started college. Her time in the dorms had been filled with fun, friends and frolic. She was on the cusp of great things.

The best part about college was him. Her classmate. He was good at academics as well as sports. Charming and funny, he ticked all the right boxes. She was mustering up the courage to ask him out!


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“Thea is in a relationship.”

This was what her status read like on Facebook. She saw 15 new notifications and 3 messages. Dumbfounded, she stared at the screen of her laptop. She eventually became aware of the muffled giggles of her friend. And then it dawned on her that she’d forgotten to sign out of her account before leaving the room (Rookie Mistake!). Both of them shared a hearty laugh and turned their attention to the reactions and comments posted on the status.

Thea was surprised to note that people, who she hadn’t talked to in months, seemed most curious. This was gossip that everyone wanted to talk about, even those who hadn’t bothered to stay in touch.

What?? When?!? How? Who!?

She didn’t like what she was reading. Without wasting any more time, she deleted the status, and sighed. Later that night, she pondered in the darkness. What had they said?

“Did u know about this?”

“No ! I’m shocked too.”

“She isn’t that kind of girl.”

“Guys, it’s probably a prank.”

And what does “that kind of girl” mean anyway? – The kind that has feelings? The kind who is capable of having feelings? The kind of girl that can be in a romantic relationship? Or the kind that guys want to be with? Which kind of girl was she not? She was not all of the above??

Then an ugly realisation hit her. Not one of them was pleasantly surprised, not one offered any congratulatory remark. There was shock, shock and more shock. They just couldn’t believe it, gave all sorts of explanations to disprove it. Her so-called friends weren’t happy for her.


As she was about to take her seat in class, he smiled and said “Good Morning” like he always did oblivious to her friend’s prank and the ensuing drama. She smiled and returned his greeting politely. She took her seat and contemplated. What jolted her more than her friends’ comments was the fear that they may be right. Maybe she wasn’t as they said “That type of girl”.

“Okay class, today we’ll read about….”

Her musings were interrupted by her teacher’s entrance. She diverted her attention from her muddled thoughts to the professor in front of her. She did the only thing she knew well, the thing she’d always been good at  – Study!