In most Indian homes, it’s common for several generations to live together, and decisions about education or marriage are rarely made without consulting other family members. This sense of community shapes the culture of India and means that people spend as much time as possible with others at home, rather than alone behind closed doors. Large families with several offspring used to be the norm in India, but now many urban parents opt to have only one or two children.
In India, family loyalty is very important. Parents provide everything for children and families are the focal point of Indian existence. Courses, careers, and marriages are often decided by parents. It is not coercion, just an accepted way of life that parents know best. Parents are rather ambitious for their children as competition is tough. It was quite normal for children to generally follow in their parents’ professions. This is changing, but in business families, the sons still often follow their father. Generally, the family is a cocoon and parents are protective, but it is now more common that urban parents encourage their children to be more independent within certain limits.
Within families or with friends Indians share everything, including the food on their plates or in their tiffin/lunch boxes. The concept of “yours” and “mine” is not so pronounced as it is in the West.