Once the taxi driver sniffed out that I am from America, he did not hesitate to share with me his opinions of the country and its recent presidents.
The driver, Tasleem, came out swinging: "America was a rich country. Not now." Before I could think of reasons, he explained that it was because of wars. "First Afghanistan. Then Iraq."
If only the US hadn't wasted its own resources on a war in Iraq! To think of the enormous destruction to life and property in Iraq from this war alone is enough of a nightmare.
Tasleem added about the presidents: "I didn't like Bush and Clinton. Obama makes America better."
I didn't want to ask him what his beef was with Clinton. Bush is understandable; whoever likes Bush, eh :)
We were nearing my destination, Humayun's Tomb. Tasleem said, "Obama also came to see Humayun's Tomb. He was here."
I didn't know until then that Obama had been to this historic site. I wondered what criteria his staff employed in order to decide on Humayun's Tomb.
I wandered through the outer areas of the tomb complex, which were in various states of disrepair. The Mughal Empire was a rich and powerful entity once, and now the remnants don't adequately convey the might and grandeur that was once the realm of the Mughals. I hoped that the US was still far away from losing its premier status in the world, and that the end is nowhere on the horizon.
At a spot among the ruins, I set the camera on auto-timer, and got myself a visual proof of my presence amidst the ruins.
And then I finally walked up to Humayun's Tomb itself. It was magnificent.
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