Indian 'conservativeness'

'Conservativeness' is sometimes a better word for 'hypocrisy'. In India, this is all the more true when its about young women trying to find a place to live, on their own.

This story featured in the Time Magazine throws light on the young single woman's battle to find a place to live in.

'India may have aired Sex and the City on TV and celebrated Cosmo girls on the newsstand, but it remains a distinctly unfriendly place for anyone who wants to live alone, particularly a woman. Single women making their way in the world are frowned upon in India's traditionally conservative society, and landlords often refuse to rent to them....

Economic liberalization has certainly brought new freedom to Indian society. Middle class households are now bombarded with American TV serials such as The Bold the Beautiful, The OC and General Hospital, and these, together with Indian equivalents, offer a palette of aspirations for modeling their lives. Young Indian women are starting to find their role models in the likes of Brooke (from The Bold and Beautiful), Ally McBeal and Rachel from Friends rather than simply following the paths of their mothers and grandmothers. Most importantly, teenage and twentysomething Indian women want the same independence as their television heroines appear to enjoy, and have begun questioning the idea of marriage, which in India has traditionally occurred at a far younger age than in the West. Some, especially in the more Western-oriented southern Indian cities of Bangalore and Chennai, even trying live-in relationships. Of course, much of India remains rural and poor, and life for women outside the main urban centers is changing a lot more slowly.....

Comments

sanil kori said…
Well, the increasing interaction of cultures across borders has started to reflect in the Revenues of Hollywood movies in India compared to that of Bollywood movies in India.This summer Hollywood grossed - Rs. 170 Crore($42.5 Million) compared to Bollywood movies making Rs. 120 Crore ($30 Million).. More on Economic times artilce- "Hollywood's the flavour at box office" http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Hollywoods_the_flavour_at_box_office/articleshow/2219181.cms
Prof.Ray Titus said…
Sanil...
It is indeed interesting to watch Hollywood eclipse Bollywood at the Box Office.

Note this post of mine about Spider Man 3 grossing 3 times more at the Box office than the No. 2 movie that week, 'Ta Ra Rum Pum'.

http://buyerbehaviour.blogspot.com/2007/05/no-1-movie-india.html

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