I asked her if it was okay to take her picture. She mumbled something in hindi, so I asked our driver what she was saying. He said she wanted money in exchange for snapshots so she could buy food.
I told the driver I only had 30 rupees (about 22 pesos) loose change. We were more or less 25 kilometers away from the main town of Jaisalmer, in an abandoned village, halfway to the desert safari, and no place to break/change a 500 bill. So I gave all 30 rupees, ashamed that it was all I could give her.
And then she said something in hindi again and handed me back the 10. I asked the driver why she was returning the 10 back to me. He replied: "She said, 30 rupees is too much."
I felt a pain in my heart. In a world where there are people who have so much but want more, here comes someone who has almost nothing but wanted only what was enough for her.
And no, I did not take the 10 back.
More stories of my 25-day India trip soon.