According to a global report by Expedia, India ranks 4th most vacation deprived country globally. So I tried to gather a few thoughts as to why is this a case.
Every time I see the Indian calendar "Kalnirnay" I find so many festivals and thus so many holidays. In spite of so many holidays why are Indians deprived of vacations. So is the report wrong or People do enjoy those holidays. Maybe its incorrect to say that Indians are vacation deprived. And yes, not to speak of the less number of actual working hours.
Actually this is not true for most of us and when I say us I mean the large number of people working in the private sector. This is a very sorry state of affairs at work places, more prevalent in Private sector. That is why stress related diseases are on the rise in our country.
Many have their own notion of vacation and they are not wrong. Of course every individual has his own heaven and his own hell. Some of us only need a full bottle, AC room, continuous supply of non veg and cigarettes, and voila! It's a vacation.
We are yet to reach that status as a country to afford decent vacation. Half of our vacation is pilgrimage any way rather than leisure. Millions of citizens life is miserable and everyday life is a nightmare and no vacation. So I would say those who are lucky enough to have jobs or money to know what vacation means, think yourself privileged!
Indians have no peace in their mind and even if they go on vacation think about problems at work, in business, in family etc. Our bosses behave as though they are rowdies with whom you should never request for a leave. Every boss needs a proper smack on the rear to teach them that they are after all only normal human beings. Bosses behave like if I ask for a week long holiday all hell will break loose. We struggle to get approval for leaves from our bosses. Taking leave is considered as crime by management.
I have to say this to you as well, If Bosses are to be blamed then you too are no saint either. I feel sorry to say that our country is full of money and gold hoarding people and no body has time for holidays. People don't want to have good fun. Instead they are more prone to save lots of black money for so called "future of their children". Many generations have died just by imagining about a rosy future and have not spent in their present. Sometimes I think we should stop the funda of "leave encashment" maybe then you will find all Indians taking leaves.