After coming back from the holiday we went for (the family vacation-which was a package deal, living in 3 & 4 star hotels for the duration of our stay in SL) ..did I realize that I was no where close to comfortable to 3 star comfort, that said 4 star was out of my league!
At best I can say, I am 2 star material.
Let’s look at this more closely, what do I mean by 2 star material… while staying in a hotel that is a 2 star in comparison with that of a 4 star
A 2 star meets basic needs, clean, comfortable and affordable.
when we compare to a 4 star
A 4 star comes with a superior property with a variety of amenities, upscale, high comfort standards + quality.
Now, lets think logically – We aren’t really going to use the property to walk around all day & if we talk of amenities, central air condition in the entire hotel, Free WiFi, tea/coffee/sugar with an electric tea kettle, a television, a hair dryer in the bathroom, and a bath tub with hot & cold water – I don’t think we really require all those things.
A fan that runs fast, a tasty cup of adraak (ginger) wali chai (tea) available at the stall outside on the road, a mobile connection on your phone and the natural sun to dry your wet hair is good enough, and besides we use hotels primarily for only 2 reasons, to rest and as a temporary home to go visit other places in the area. How much time do we actually spend in a hotel room? [unless you’re a honeymooning couple – probably then you would be spending a lot of time indoors]
Do we still need a 4 star luxury holiday?
Things that some Indians might do with the different amenities provided by the hotel for reasons other than what they are supposed to be used for (talking of 4 star and higher)
- use the hair dryer to dry our clothes (specifically inner wear, socks..extending sometimes to even shoes etc..)
- use more than normal toilet paper.. for obvious reason and also maybe to wipe shoes or shine them.
- suitcases will be kept on the table instead of the floor (why bend when we have an elevated surface)
- fill the bath tub with water, then use the little jug (if provided or a cup) to bathe yourself standing inside the bath tub.
- the only chair in the room will be used to dry clothes, there’s always the bed to sit on.
They don’t call us Indians, for nothing!
Sometimes, I do think to myself.. how tough must it be to live as a rich man. Besides having the facility to buy, own, eat & drink the best of things of the world-there would be nothing forward to look to.. what a tragedy that is. How boring!
Having had more than a glimpse of what it takes to live in luxury for a few days, if I get the opportunity again, I think I’ll give it a pass. I am a simple person and I like to do things the simple way.
That goes with people too, simple people living simple lives having simple conversations – that’s my style!
Simple is the KEY word. No fancy for me.
“Simple is Beautiful”