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Standalone Houses versus Flats in Hyderabad
Standalone Houses versus Flats in Hyderabad

Glancing at income distribution in India may help us understand why flats in Hyderabad are far smaller than those found in Paulo Alto, or Silicone Valley. While in the US the average per capita income is over fifty thousand dollars, meaning that the average American household earns more than fifty thousand dollars, in India, to be considered rich, one need only have an income greater than thirty-five thousand dollars. Taking in such a disparity reveals just how much poorer India is than the US, many households which are considered rich in India don’t even qualify as middle class in the US.


It’s no wonder that middle class homes in much of the US are far larger than the homes of rich Indians in India, though this is not true in all cases, as thirty-five thousand dollars goes a long way in India due to higher purchasing power parity or PPP, meaning that someone earning thirty-five thousand or more in India can buy more essential goods and services using his or her money than someone earning the same income in America. However, Americans who are middle class usually have larger homes than rich Indians who live in luxury apartments in Hyderabad.
To close the earnings gap between the US and India requires an increase in the productivity of even the least able Indian worker. This can only be made possible by better training and through the use of better technologies. Only then can wages and salaries in India increase and close the gap between the standard of living in India and the developed world. Some may argue that many in Japan are far wealthier than many Americans yet such Japanese live in homes which are smaller in size than houses in much of India. There is truth to this statement; however, culture also plays a decisive role in society’s preferences when choosing how to live.

It may be no wonder that the Japanese have mastered electronics and have miniaturized many gadgets; throughout their history, they have prized simplicity, patience, and an aptitude for creating big things which are small in size. The foldable fan, which can be opened and waved to provide air, is a Japanese invention. Indians shall also be required to embrace their culture and traditions when the time comes and fundamentally decide their innate preferences regarding how big their homes should be and what design the furniture inside their homes should take.

While the rich everywhere love to live in exceptionally large houses, it’s the middle classes in every country which vote with their numbers and decide the culture of a country. Today the Indian middle class in the vast numbers of smaller towns shows a marked preference for large standalone houses. This is in contrast to the apartments being built by the top builders in Hyderabad. The biggest reason for the prevalence of apartments in Hyderabad and for standalone houses with a front and back yard in villages is the price of land in these areas. This suggests that if Indians had the money, they would prefer to live in large houses that are situated on their own plot of land and which have a front and back yard. Indian culture it seems prizes privacy and nature as opposed to the culture of the Japanese who prefer big things in petite sizes.

Indian preferences are not too different from those in America or Canada where the motto is the bigger the better. Thus new projects in Hyderabad in the future, when the purchasing power of Indians has grown, may consist of stand-alone homes and the value of apartments in Hyderabad may fall as there would be fewer buyers who have the money willing to invest in such homes preferring instead to buy a home on its own plot of land