Only needs and no wants lifestylesThe Indian middle class, particularly where the father is 45 plus and the mother is also employed in ordinary jobs, are easy adapting to lifestyles where the wants are totally gone and the needs are just met.
I had a chance to meet with one such family. Gone out of the window is the mandatory trip to their native place, that would normally set them back by at least eight thousand rupees. This has been a joint decision of the family, who have decided to just four days in a farm house in a lovely village of a relative, some sixty kilometers away, but well connected by bus. This is exactly the pattern that is emerging. Since inflation has gone out of control, the families have started such cost-cutting, and this is just what is required now.
A life that is based on satisfaction of needs and not wants.The middle-class has no choice now, _with a ruthless Government hiking all prices with patrol topping the list.