I loved collecting ‘things’, once upon a time. Objects for the house. Clothes and accessories. And being Indian, jewellery. Because they gave me pleasure, and because it was the done thing.
Today, I cannot look at anything of monetary value without converting the cost into travel terms. I have walked out of many stores with a wallet full of gift money, eschewing the fleeting pleasure of expensive baubles for the enduring value of travel memories. I have evolved into a hoarder of a different kind.