Meaning: Decisions shouldn’t be made primarily on appearance or one should not jump to conclusion immediately at the first sight of a situation. Outward appearances are not a reliable indication of the true character of someone or something.  

“Oh God, there she is!” Exclaimed Danny, a young teenager belonging to a middle class family. He had fallen in love with Jenny since the day his eyes fell on her.

She was a cute, young girl who had recently joined college and it was during the introduction session that Danny first met her. Jenny was a picture perfect girl, always had her makeup in place and well dressed.

“Yes, and she always will be there and not on our table Danny Boy”, teased his best friend Joe.

“You know we people belong to different worlds and for people like us, it will take a long time to even get noticed”, he added further while sipping his tea.

Within a month’s time, the College administration announced a party for the students where each one was expected to come as couples.

Danny started thinking hard about asking Jenney but he was scared to make any move. Many boys in college tried their luck but Jenney was not very polite to them and hence mostly all of them tried hard to impress her.

“I hold no chance”, sighed Danny, as Joe entered his room to talk about the party. “She is so far and I cannot even get the courage to talk to her. Did you notice how she treated that rich man’s son for whom girls were always falling? I hold no chance. She is a princess and I am a mere pauper”.

Joe wanted to help his friend so he started to dig up information about Jenny. He tried his best to make things work for Danny.

One day Jenny was very sad and sitting alone in a café. Danny mustered up the courage and walked up to her and sat next to her.

“How are you Jenny?” He asked.

“I am fine and hope you are fine too Danny.”

“You know my name?”

“Of course I do, why wouldn’t I? You are the best student of college and everyone looks up to you though reasons might be different for all”, Jenny said with a faint smile.

Time passed and they both started to spent more time with each other and many myths were broken.

Danny realized Jenny was like a coconut hard from outside and soft from the inside. He realized YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.

Finally the party night came and they both had the time of their life.

© Ritanjali Hastir 

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