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Although nuclear families are the norm in Western countries, I believe we can learn something from India about the importance of nurturing closer ties with the grandparents. Our children could benefit greatly if they could spend more time away from their parents and with their grandparents and other family members--it would help them develop attachments outside the immediate family, improve their social skills, learn family values and build childhood memories which they will carry for a lifetime.
When I was packing my bags for a one-month holiday in India, I had no idea that I'd end up staying for more than two years. I landed in India with a few sweaters and a cosmetic bag. I did not carry any of my "important" personal belongings, and I did not say goodbye to anyone in my country. I had no intention to stay here for any longer than I had planned.