Arch boutique homestay
This changed my life forever. A simple hotel, with beautiful rooms, a great rooftop restaurant with a view of the Mehrangarh fort from the other side(the side opposite to the view from Rani Mahal), our stay was extremely comfortable. What then did I experience that was so endearing?
One evening, tired from our tour around the city, my husband and I were chilling in the rooftop restaurant here, when a guest at the restaurant, a local who lived nearby, came and sat with us. He was a young boy of around 25. We were in a chatty mood and didn’t mind. We mentioned to him that we kind-of envied him, living in such an amazing city full of tourists, bustling with energy, with so many forts and museums around, with the view of one of the most majestic forts of Rajasthan, and perhaps the world, in front of him. We felt like his entire life was a vacation. But the grass is always greener on the other side. He expressed how he wanted to escape this life and move to a bigger city. He had dreams, aspirations, he wanted to excel at something big and live in a city like Mumbai. But he had three sisters who were unmarried and he had to be around and earn to arrange for a dowry to get them married. He had to take care of his old parents. He had set aside his own ambitions to care for the family.
“Here we were, wishing we lived in a city like his and there he was, wishing he lived in a city like ours. We are often dying to be in other people’s shoes, unaware that they might be dying to be in ours. It made me realize that true happiness is not be found outside, but within!”
With this newfound gratitude for life, I gained perspective and I owe it to Jodhpur.