About INgene blog : First ever Indian Youth trend Insights blog

About INgene : First ever Indian Youth trend Insights blog:
This blog explores the detailed characteristics of Young-India and explains the finer & crucial differences they have with their global peers. The blog also establishes the theory of “adopted differentiation” (Copyright Kaustav SG,2007) and how the Indian & Inglodian youth are using this as a tool to differentiate themselves from the “aam aadmi” (mass population of India) to establish their new found identity.

The term youth refers to persons who are no longer children and not yet adults. Used colloquially, however the term generally refers to a broader, more ambiguous field of reference- from the physically adolescent to those in their late twenties.
Though superficially the youth all over the world exhibits similar [degree of] attitude, [traits of] interests & [deliverance of] opinion but a detailed observation reveals the finer differential characteristics which are crucial and often ignored while targeting this group as a valued consumer base. India is one of the youngest countries in the world with 60% of its population less then 24 years of age and is charted as the most prospective destination for the retail investment in the A. T. Kearney’s Global Retail Opportunity Report, 2007. With the first ever non-socialistic generation’s thriving aspiration & new found money power combined with steadily growing GDP, bubbling IT industry and increasing list of confident young entrepreneurs, the scenario appears very lucrative for the global and local retailers to target the “Youngisthan” (young-India). But, the secret remains in the understanding of the finer AIOs of this generation. The Indian youth segment roughly estimates close to 250million (between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five) and can be broadly divided (socio-psychologically) into three categories: the Bharatiyas, the Indians & the Inglodians (copyright Kaustav SG 2008). The Bharatiyas estimating 67% of the young population lives in the rural (R1, R2 to R4 SEC) areas with least influence of globalization, high traditional values. They are least economically privileged, most family oriented Bollywood influenced generation. The Indians constitute 31.5% (A, B,C, D & E SEC) and have moderate global influence. They are well aware of the global trends but rooted to the Indian family values, customs and ethos. The Inglodians are basically the creamy layers (A1,A SEC) and marginal (1.5% or roughly three million) in number though they are strongly growing (70% growth rate). Inglodians are affluent and consume most of the trendy & luxury items. They are internet savvy & the believers of global-village (a place where there is no difference between east & west, developing & developed countries etc.), highly influenced by the western music, food, fashion & culture yet Indian at heart.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Love "Aj Kal" (today's love-relationship)

In the youth of my parents, which was a couple of decades ago, it was called courtship. And since it was a strict social setup the boy could seldom meet the girl, so it was done in writing. Long back when education was accessible to the girls of higher class, boys smitten by them would slip admiring notes into her library books, as the boy could not summon enough courage to speak to the girl directly. How he found out what books she would read remains a mystery. Wow! This is love….is it? Really? Lets take a plunge in the 21st century.

Fast forward to the computer age, which gave social networking sites like orkut and twitter a good kick. When once jokingly I asked my nephew who is just 12 years of age, that who his girlfriend was, he mentioned about a girl from Melbourne whom he is “seeing” these days. I wish I could capture the gesture of pride his mother had that time on her face for her son having a ‘phoren’ girlfriend. Leave alone kids. These networking sites are widely used by the middle-aged people of the society. The concept of saat phere has become a merry-go-round.

At times I wish I was born few decades back so that when I tell people about my boyfriend they do not at least ask me that on which networking site we met. It is really surprising when I read about girls and boys (now it hardly matters as article 377 being legalized) exchanging vows even before they meet. Concept of love has changed and now it is more about the liberation of feelings, where people without being committed want a tried and tested partner, just as electronic gadgets. Thank God human beings do not come with a warranty and a guarantee period. Instead of falling in love people prefer logging in love.

One such ‘love by computer’ was between a ‘phoren’ (non Indian) and a ‘desi’ (Indian). A guy from his office called up his dad and said that his friend was getting married with “e-mail”. His dad sighed and said “we are far behind in villages. We still have marriages with females.”

By Ragini Sinha, INgene Trends spotter, Delhi

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