Traditionally in India, there has been a belief that children do benefit from leaving home and being part of the Gurukul system. And later, the British advocated boarding school as a place that would provide the best all round education. There are families whose circumstances are such that boarding school seems like the best option for their children - both the parents have demanding jobs; living in remote places with no convenient access to school; parents are separated; too much conflict at home; single parents; transferable jobs. In such cases, it is believed that boarding school would be a safer, secure place and good for the child’s holistic development. A friend whose parents had been estranged, confided that boarding school had been, practically, her second home since she went there from class two with her older sister.