Are the youth in small towns more traditional in their thinking? Not really. While Ranchi and Ahmedabad may have the most number of respondents who say they pray regularly (69%), Delhi comes a close second with 67%.
The capital also had the highest number of respondents who preferred a joint family set up — 80.3% — and the second highest number of those who said they would marry a person selected by their parents without any questions (52%).
Ninety-four per cent of respondents in Delhi (the third highest) and 98% in Kolkata (the second highest) said they would prefer religious rituals over a court marriage. Hyderabad was at the top here with 99%.
"The difference in attitudes is not so much between metros and small towns now, as between the anglicized-elite section of the big cities and all the others. Those outside that anglicized-elite circle in cities have the same values as those in small towns," says Tripathi.