What can America learn from India?

What can America learn from India? by Saurabh Wadhawan

Answer by Saurabh Wadhawan:

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was once on David Letterman’s show. The conversation went like this:

David, “By the way, do you live with your parents? Is that true?”

Aishwarya, “Yeah.”

David, “Is that common in India for older children to live with their parents?”

The audience laughs.

Aishwarya slams him with her scintillating reply:

“It’s fine to live with parents because it’s common in India that we don’t have to take appointments with our parents to meet for dinner.”


On another instance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan were invited to The Oprah Winfrey Show once and the conversation went like this:

Oprah, “So both of you live with your parents?”

They said yes.

Oprah, “Er.. How does that work out?”

Abhishek, “You don’t live with your parents?”

Oprah, “Nope.”

Abhishek, “How does that work out?”

The audience then erupted into laughter.


The point is that America can learn from India the importance of parents and family. Although, Indians these days are also becoming westernized and ostracizing their parents, it should actually be the other way around. Even if you have to live away from them for a better career, at least use the internet and phones to stay connected with them, so that such a day doesn’t come that you have to take appointments to dine with your own parents.

What can America learn from India?


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