Fitting in often comes at a price. If you have a Nokia, you want a BlackBerry; if you have a BlackBerry, you want an iPhone.
Surely a young adult has more demands than his/her parents can handle but living in an increasingly globalised world where everything is accessible at the click of a mouse and swipe of a card, many are lamenting the rising materialism amongst young Indians.
Sadia Raval points out that folks of my generation and half a generation before mine — children of the ’80s and ’70s — even give in to their children’s demands in part because we never had those opportunities. The other reason, she adds, is guilt.
She says, “Most of us are working parents getting to spend little or no time with our children. Buying things they ask for is seen as a way to compensate our absence in their lives. What we don’t realise is that because we didn’t have certain things, we have certain values. So in a way it is the parents who are to be blamed for compensating their absence with gadgets and games and filling their lives with things they don’t need. We don’t seem to be telling our kids that struggle is part of life.”