As woman growing up in urban India, your experiences can be a bit schizophrenic. From the care & concern you take while walking on the road to a more care-free modern age lifestyle you may be able to live due to privilege & education. It is a known saying that the country has many civilisations going on at one time - one end where people don’t have electricity & decent shelter another where there is no dearth of money, bling & gadgets.
The kind of inequality in resources & opportunities available to people starts defining many characteristics & nature of the country - the competitiveness, the rat race, the urgency that we feel very often to outperform & stay ahead of the curve. This is ironical in contrast to the way world we live in today, where to thrive - you need innovation, collaboration, an ability to not outperform others but work with other people & take them along with you.