Re: Does the way you look, affect how people treat you?
It depends on the location. I have been to Dubai, Australia and India (current location). I found out that Dubai is most conscious and looks pretty much define a person - only the nerd look gets respect there. You MUST wear a tie and look formal (I am talking about ages 25 and up, 'cause I am 26).
In Australia, I found that it didn't matter. Same in India, especially South India.
Personally, I have a very don't-care look and I dress very casually. The rowdy/ruffian look is very popular in India, and that's basically my look because I like it. Its the way I dress as well when I occasionally visit Melbourne due to work commitments.
I do not like having loads of friends, but I have my own select group. The strange thing is, the 'chatty' and 'popular' girls who worked with me in Melbourne seemed to regard me as someone different. They kept saying that while they talk trash about other guys (in the lab where we worked), they all 'respect' me in the sense that I am very nice, decent, blah, blah. I don't get that in India.
Not sure if its a compliment (respect? what am I, Father Christmas?), but I am not one to care. Unless its a relationship I need, I prefer guys as friends to hang out with.
I wear some symbols signifying my tradition and culture as well, but that doesn't get a lot of stares, except maybe the occasional curious question. Its what I subscribe to. Have not encountered any racial/religious obstacles, so can't speak for that.
Last edited by Sliver C; 02-03-2012 at 08:19 AM.