A culture of togetherness


Everything in India, it seems, is done together.  If there is a question of directions from one rickshaw in traffic to another, nearby motorcyclists will chime in.  If there is a square peg that needs to go into a round hole, everyone in the room will work together to try and make it fit.

The other night I was out at dinner with some new friends, talking to a young Indian woman who had lived and studied in New York.  She decided last year that the U.S. was not for her and she wanted to move back to Hyderabad to be with her family.  Being the highly independent person I am, I asked what it was like, being back under her parents’ roof.  She replied, “It’s not so much about my individual happiness as it is about us all managing to get along.”

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