Up until a few years ago I was a sucker for ‘luxury’ hotels. Back in India, I spent a small fortune checking myself into the most desirable 5-star hotels in every city I chanced to visit. I loved the opulent lighting, the super-expensive food, plush carpeting… well just about everything about such hotels. Entering one, I would be instantly transported to a different world away from the mundane, away from the ordinary humdrum of life.
All that changed a few years ago, when I noticed (with some astonishment) that the memory of that luxurious and expensive stay was as mundane as any other; there was no particular pleasure recalling that memory, and it tended to fade as any other. I could eat only so much gourmet food, and my sleep was as bad on a hotel bed as it was at home. I realized luxury did not matter much to me, and that the desire to experience it was just an impulse of the moment.
I am not saying I would not seek a comfortable way to travel or stay, just that I am done seeking to experience luxury for its own sake. The glitter does not appeal any more. I am growing older, perhaps wiser.
My quiet reading corner and my favorite couch in the bedroom are the best places in the world - customized the way I like them, these spaces comfort the body and calm the mind. I can lose myself in them.
Perhaps that is the definition of luxury.