Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Home sweet home!


The two main characters in Operatory of Death and Death at Table 15,  Jaswinder Pandher and Manisha Sunner are both 27 years old at the start of the series.   Both of them still live at home.  A couple of decades ago this would have been unusual.   Young people moved away from home as soon as they finished school at 19, 20 or 21, sometimes to marry, sometimes to take employment.  Of course, two hundred years ago, girls only left home to marry, a la Jane Austen.

But these two young women live in the city of  Surrey which was until recently a suburb of Vancouver, one of the more expensive cities in Canada to reside in.     I read recently that 40% of young people from 18 to 39 years live at home with their parents.  Wages and salaries have not kept up with increases in the cost of living.  Jaswinder and her boyfriend, Jovan and her friend Manisha are part of a trend.  Some ethnic groups tend to stay living at home and enjoy being part of an extended family but the expense of living independently is a definite factor.

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