I had been taught since childhood and also seen in the movies of the earlier era that ‘paise se khushiyaan nahi kharidi jaa sakti barkhurdar” (money cant buy you happiness young man) , the girls stiff and old father would say to the young lad. But it is seldom that you realize it in life these days. Mostly it is because of the media storm that we live through each day from sun rise to sunset trying to make us buy the silliest of things and convincing us that our happiness, self respect, intelligence, relationships depend on it like nothing else.
I personally started to realize the truth since I brought my camera. I am not exaggerating a single bit. There used to be a time when an outing would mean going to the swankiest of restos, the popularest of holiday destinations and buying truckloads of stuff. But now, it has become more about off beat destinations, meeting the local people, living their culture and habits, tasting the local bled of spices and sweets and bringing some smiles to their faces, once they see my cameras LCD. What a drastic change !! and it costs far less and satisfies you even much more than before. Now whenever I go to a destination i look forward to creating some timeless memories and bringing home the experience rather than the material junk. I believe me, it still really comes for free !!