I fell both joint family and nuclear family is suitable for the citizens of India.
In olden days, the grand parents, uncles , aunts and their children used to live together and celebrate festivals and play together.Life used to be very cool and peaceful . Relatives used to visit each other from different places during vacations .
The older members used to render their valuable advise and there was little stress and panic among the family members. The visit to the hospitals used to be very negligible.
However,nowadays people relocate to cities due to better lifestyle and while doing so , it is quite obvious that they can't move out with the joint family. Therefore, they take only their spouses and their children.
The advantages of living in nuclear family is many folds. Firstly, you have privacy and can relax whenever you want. But, if you live in a joint family there won't be much privacy and you have to bear with the unwanted interference in your private matters by the other family members which may create misunderstanding.
Secondly, if there are senior citizens in the family, you can't go out on vacation, leaving them alone.Further, the financial burden will also increase if there are more members in the family.
The advantages of living in a joint family , I feel are more ,For example, nowadays when both the husband and wife are working, they leave their children as young as three months in a day care center..However, when the children have some small ailments like cold and cough , the baby care center won't take them. In such a situation, the working couple are at a loss. On the contrary, if they live in a joint family, the grandparents or their sister-in laws would be able to take care of the children and they don't have to worry about leaving their children with strangers.
Furthermore, the inexperience parents have to undergo lots of stress, when their children are down with some major illness. In such a situation, the elderly members of the family can take control of the situation and assist them to face the situation in a cool manner.
In the final analysis, I feel both joint family and nuclear family are equally good and one has to decide which one is good form him/her.