The Evolution Express

Arindam Mohanty

Introduction

The interplay of generations cannot be overstated as an area that needs better understanding, especially in the collective societies of India that allow for inter-generational exchange at multiple levels. Children, parents, grandparents and even great grand-parents all have a say in each other's lives, with decisive impact on everything from spending habits to social, political and economic attitudes.

This collective way of life is at the very core of Indian life – and given that any three to four generations today are rooted in distinct phases of modern India, you typically have a constant intermingling of mindsets, attitudes, opinions and feelings – all coming from very different times and places.

India's multi-faceted character makes the challenge of understanding generational interplay as daunting as it is exciting. The civilizational continuity that you find in the form of customs, traditions and the attitudes of India's people are reflective of how age-old beliefs and ways of life (some which pre-date the Christian era by more than 2500 years) have absorbed the ebb and flow of time, to exist in their present form. The people have absorbed, adopted and adapted much through India's 4500 year old history. Understanding deeply held beliefs and attitudes requires more than compartmentalised enquiries only, but rather, guard-railed explorations in a truly multi-faceted environment that reflects the country itself.