The stare case - For me, this looks little bit exaggerated... Migrant Syndrome?
This looks a 20th Century story.
India has changed. The writer seems to be suffering from "migrant syndrome"
Don't google search. You may not find the meaning of this syndrome on the net.
"Migrant syndrome" is the tendency to exaggerate the negatives of a geographical area one leaves in search of greener pastures. From the new place, one tries to justify to oneself one's decision to leave the original place by reassuring that the new place is heaven compared to the "hell" one opted to leave. This syndrome is found more among Malayalees living outside Kerala.
M G Warrier