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To go or not to go: That is the question

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May 13, 2018 01:59 AM IST

Want peace and harmony within the family? Check out the Abilene Paradox

Vacation planning in my family is like a collision between a bullet train and a goods engine. Cousins living abroad are either jobless or have control over their calendars in a way that is not possible in India. They want to plan holidays a year in advance with the efficiency of a quarterly conference call. So, they email the family group with irritating chirpiness: “Hey, why don’t we all meet in Tanzania over Christmas?”

In the Abilene Paradox, a group does something that nobody wants to do because each person thinks that everyone else wants to do it!(Shutterstock)
In the Abilene Paradox, a group does something that nobody wants to do because each person thinks that everyone else wants to do it!(Shutterstock)
For the elders in my family, urgency is reserved for three things: births, weddings, deaths. Everything else goes into the vault of possibilities, including vacations
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