Are you an ice-cold negotiator with a world champion poker face? Then you probably feel right at home on the street markets of Mumbai. But if you more like me and have never really bargained with a very persistent street vendor in melting temperatures of around 40 degrees than this easy beginners guide.
Having lived all my life in the materialistic and consumer orientated West, I have always understood money to equal happiness. The more I have, the happier I will be. This is what we are prepared for in school and university: study hard, so you can get a good job to earn loads of money.
After our very first full day in India, I stepped out of my hostel room that I shared with my friend Anh. The air smelled of grass and quite strongly of Indian takeaway food that was delivered to some of the students. I turned to the right of our room, from where I could look down on a little patch of grass that was in the middle of the hostel.