@nickatnite am not talking about class & social environment you shared & been sharing, whats shown about India in movies & cultural shows is simply Fancy Icing over dung cake;
to attract foreign investment & lure expats back home.
honestly touch wood how many educated people (as in people with simple bachelors degree in science or arts) have enough resources to access and enjoy fine dinning food which you enjoy,.
I recently watched an Indian movie RAID which is based on true story from Mrs. Gandhi Era - a babu - an Income tax commissioner, acted based on his position & state at his support, demolished a whole empire of a regional politician, while the same babu class when corrupt to core TRAIN the elected people how to make money.
the 85% babu class ( ICS / CSS / Defence Services class ) in former British colonies as well as in India & Pakistan suffer from 'crisp collar syndrome', they are MAD DOG class who bark and bite the hand which feed them ( tax payers' money ). To them every other civilian is low life
i never get charmed of India's social drum, but yes am truly impressed with the system of railways, industrial development & the Iron Grip Control of Govt Security agencies over Communication service providers.
all else is more or less just like my country,
if you have resources and established source to keep you afloat, you can enjoy & live better then a US Senator