India has always been known for the family bonds and closer relationship ties among its people, but the westernization going on so rapidly in our society has led to Joint Families breaking down and Nuclear Family concept going a hit, especially in the urban culture.
It sure has affected the way we lead our lives and the way we feel about our people and all the relationships. It has changed the face of our society.
o Children are lonelier than before
With the already overloaded education system of the country, the present day children are drifting apart from the simple pleasures of childhood. Their innocence is evaporating much faster and they are being given all the pressure and shown the face of competition way too early. With nuclear family culture where mostly both mom and dad spend more time in work than at home, the children lack that close family bonding.
They don’t have the emotional support they most require in their growing stage and often tend to go down wrong paths. They don’t experience all that loving and caring environment of their grandparents and cousins and other relatives. They weren’t as lonely before.
o Livelihood didn’t feel as expensive
Sure there were more mouths to feed in the house with Joint families, but there were more minds and bodies to work and earn as well. People could share the expenses of their house together, that way just one person didn’t have to bear it all alone. Plus, festivals meant more gifts and more people to get those extra cents from.
o Every family event felt so big and full
No, they didn’t need to invite people from outside to have that crowd for any event. The smallest of celebration on any member’s achievements felt so big and full always, with merely the people from inside the house. Moreover, you always get reasons to spend a good time together, be it a Sunday night movie together or an unplanned golgappa gathering.
o There used to be Houses more than Flats
The Nuclear family wave has induced the flat culture more and pushed people to live in smaller constricted places. There’s a lack of space vital for the healthy way of life. Pets don’t get proper space to run and well… *whisper* pooooop. Why just pets, children don’t get all that open and grassy place to run and well… fall, like they do.
(What were you expecting, poop? #jahasochwahashauchalay). Dude! They had like… real trees in their homes and backyards and grassy grounds and fairy-tales flats don’t have. *_*
o Festivals felt like FESTIVALS for real
With so many lovable people around and with so many people you got to call yours, festivals were no doubt filled with more warmth and gifts (haha YES!). All the aunts and cousins and grandmas made their lip-smackingly good food and they’d get to eat it all. Plus all that “shagun ka paisa”. Be it Bhaidooj or Rakhi or Diwali or Eid or Christmas or New Years, with the variety of friends of every member, you almost celebrated them all together.