The below is based on a series of conversations with fellows and also community members in the villages of South Rajasthan. These conversations highlight what has made each person happy in the past.
Villager #1: When I transitioned to a skilled mason from being just a labourer
Villager #2: When children were finally born to me after a long long time
Villager #3: When there was adequate money in the house
Villager #4: When I could finally complete constructing my house
Villager #5: When I first took my daughter to my farm
Fellow #1 : When I see my father happy
Fellow #2 : When I was able to bond and interact deeply with people from another country
Fellow #3 : When I had planned something for the day and executed it to perfection
Fellow #4 : When I made Daal-Bhati for the first time on my own
Fellow #5 : The day I realized that I have freedom to do what I want
Fellow #6: When I was able to complete a full-fledged story with structure
Fellow #7: When I joined the fellowship and discovered so many new people places and things!
Fellow #8: While celebrating Holi, I was completely immersed leaving work and everything else behind
Fellow #9: When I made someone else happy by reducing their monotonous work load
Fellow #10: When I got my first job! When someone showed faith in me!
Fellow #11: When a foreigner, who I spoke to for 15 minutes, donated a huge amount to our fund-raising efforts
Fellow #12: When my dream transformed into reality!
Fellow #13: Being with people who I love
Fellow #14: While travelling when I empowered someone to dream big and dream of being a film-maker one day
Fellow #15 : Seeing the smile on my Father’s face when I was given an award
Fellow #16: When I empowered a woman with the right knowledge
|Reason for Happiness||Number of people|
|Derived happiness from someone else||09|
|Sense of Accomplishment||07|
|Freedom to choose||01|
|Being in the moment||01|