Monday, June 18, 2007


Family ties in India are undergoing drastic changes. Earlier parents used to depend on their sons for support in old age. Sons and daughters-in-law used to stay without separating from the joint family. Now-a-days, the tendency is sons leave to far off places by compulsion of seeking livelihood. Even if they stay in proximity, they rarely visit their parents owing to strained relations or indifference. What Vivekananda wrote on 25th September 1894 from New York to his brother disciples materialised today.

"... The son marries and no longer belongs to the family, but the daughter's husband pays frequent visits to his father-in-law's house ... ". He was describing his experiences in US.

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