The “real” India? The bottom line: Does all this luxury and ostentation make one happy? I have to say that I was very happy there on my short visit! And I did have a blinding moment of insight in India, (everyone does it seems) in which I realized why Indians are generally such a happy people and not coincidentally, why the country is so populous: the answer to both is that they genuinely like people! Visiting for ten days and staying exclusively in palaces may not give me the right to generalize about India. On the other hand, the culture is so big, so strong and so pervasive that it outweighs even the kind of luxury I enjoyed and even experiencing a tiny bit of one part of it is like examining the country’s DNA. I saw a touching exchange between a rich man in a taxi and a young barefoot girl who was begging on the street. She was cajoling and he was responding. It was a respectful interaction. I imagined they both realized that in their next lifetimes their situations could be reversed. That bond of understanding united them. Of course I have no way of knowing that this is at all what they were thinking, but I was.
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