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  • Our tour bus finally reaches Delhi but traffic is terrible in the afternoon. We went to Fatehpur Sikri in the morning and I'm still dazzled with the beauty I saw. I'm feeling very tired but I don't even dare to close my eyes because India is simply so interesting. It is usually like staring contest with the local people; you look at them, they look at you. Pure curiosity... I wonder how I seem to them... I hate sitting in a tourist bus and being isolated when I travel. I wish I could mingle with people more...

    One of the things you immediately notice in India is the motorbikes on the streets. They are everywhere. It might not look that interesting at the first glance; but when you observe, you see families travelling on them. Not one person or two people; sometimes 3 adults or two adults and 2 kids... As I’m looking at one family going by our bus, I hear our tour guide telling somebody that it’s an achievement for a lower mid-class family to own a motorbike in here. Is that so really? I look at them more carefully and I can see pride glittering on man’s face. His wife also looks very comfortable holding two kids. As if they are in a big family car, they look quite contented. Is it possible to be happy for that?

    It suddenly just clicks how trivial my standards are for happiness. My mind racing, I try to list "must-have"s for a happy life: A good car? A big house? Expensive belongings or travelling to exotic places for holiday? Do they really guarantee happiness? This family looks happy... Then what is it? I see my beliefs fleeing away. I realize how I've trapped myself in so-called essentials for happiness.

    I put my thoughts aside for a moment and look out of the window. The family with motorbike leaves us behind, finding their way through the other cars moving. I realize that this is such an important moment of my India trip that I should tell about when they ask "So what was India like?"

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