Indian Family

I very rarely saw an lone Indian. Even now when a girl is married she often goes to live with her husband's family. This is seen as her 'real' / permanent home, and her husband's parents and siblings are her 'real' family. This mean that children often grow up in the same house as their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. This kinship extends into adulthood and is an integral part of Indian culture. If one man has a job, brothers, cousins and friends without jobs will often accompany him at work. All of the women look after the young children together. Babies are held in someone's arms until they are old enough to walk. We saw many babies, but did not a single one crying. Imagine spending your first few years of life in your mother's arms and the rest of your life always accompanied by relatives and neighbours.

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