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When he gave up the nuisance habit of name-dropping!
Some people are in the habit of knowingly inserting references of famous people or institutions into a conversation in order to seem more important to the listener. While many people consider it as an interesting art, it is mulled over as a negative or offensive quality.

We all might have met such persons in our lives who at the slightest pretext would punctuate their talk by putting a reference of high-ups or high connections having no relevancy with the discussions going on over the particular subject or irrespective of the need and context.

When you particularly start noticing it, you will see that this practice of name-dropping is fast catching up with more and more people in India especially the Punjabis, who are gifted with this art of becoming champions by following this practice.

One of my professional friends is so habitual of throwing big names that anybody who meets him for the first time is impressed by his aura. But whosoever is aware of his habit, often avoids him.

Stories of him telling that so and so bureaucrat or renowned corporate personality is his bosom friend is common talk in the social circles of our city.

This infection of name-dropping has also bitten most of the lower and middle-level politicians in our country. While many youth Congressmen never get tired of boasting about their proximity to 10 Janpath or the Parliament House Annexe, many BJP and Akali workers at the village level, often used say that they had special blessings of Amit Shah or the Badals during the tenure of the previous government. However, as far as Babas are concerned, such people are reluctant to mention them in their discussions these days for reasons best known to them.

This habit of name-dropping is also prevalent in literary circles as few of the writers and poets, who have not crossed the municipal limits, mostly remain hell bent upon boring us to death by mentioning names of national celebrities as their admirers.

According to the psychologists, the habit of name-dropping is a behavioural disorder arising out of hidden inferiority complex. Most of the time, this habit becomes an uncontrollable urge when a person by sheer luck achieves something which her or she hardly deserves.

Although, I have never bothered about this nuisance habit called name-dropping but just as a test case, I once asked a close friend of mine, who was a habitual bragger, to refer my personal case to a particular bureaucrat for favorable consideration. To my surprise, my friend not only admitted of not having any rapport with that bureaucrat but also honestly confessed that he had developed the habit of name-dropping just to impress others during a conversation. However, due to my experiment, my friend did stop the habit of name-dropping, at least, wherever I was around.

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