Can we revive the joint family in some form?In the years gone by, the Joint family served as one huge melting point of all good human emotions, caring and sharing. It was also a place for a huge amount of fun, skill development and sharing of resources. Yes, there were differences, but these were sorted out by the elders.
Today, in most families such elders have become orphans. In one family, the mother is a virtual football between three brothers who actually calculate the number of days she should live with them! This, after the father is no more.
This leads us to one question. How can we or can we ever revive the joint family in some form? Even today if resources are pooled, there will be huge savings and a big safety net as the house will never ever be locked, more so, if the brothers and sisters are in the same city.
But is such a scenario only possible in movies? What is the reality?