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Home is where the hearth is

india Updated: Apr 13, 2007 00:40 IST

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Home but not alone seems the trend for many adult Englishmen who are moving back to live with their parents after completing university. Yet, the fact that house prices are rising, or that these young men have to repay education loans or that their starting salaries are small, simply has no takers. With delighted derision, the pauvre petits are being called mama’s boys. Now, is that fair? It is the 21st century, we are progressive thinkers and money matters do force us into decisions that defy commonsense. Maybe the uber metro — or was it retro? — alpha male is actually gently humming ‘country roads, take me home...’ even as he debates on the scientific basis of Men are from Mars, Women are from — Mercury, wasn’t it?

A survey released by the British Office for National Statistics has revealed that 10 per cent more men, even those in their 30s, are returning home to their parents than they did 15 years ago. Italians, and our dear Indian boys, have been scoffed at for their exaggerated celebration of the mother figure. Here, it is perfectly natural for grown-up lads to rattle about the parental home well into matrimony and children. Mama knows best would seem the driving dictum. And which Indian man does not want a ‘homely’ wife, the more like mama the better.

Be that as it may, British analysts are a tad worried. And British parents very much so. The first because Britain seems ‘frozen in mid-adolescence’. Parents, because the kids are back and they’re not kids anymore, you know. They’re a nuisance. But the kids are averse to a few home truths.