1. Why did you leave India?
For better opportunities.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Yes ofcourse. I will go back home and stay in my home town Dahod, Gujarat.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Clean atmosphere. Less corruption. Well organized. Punctuality with trains, metros and buses.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Miss my family and friends.
5. Would you be concerned about raising your family outside India?
6. What are your thoughts about marrying outside your immediate community, someone who speaks a different language or practices a different religion?
I don't think so, as inter-caste marriages aren't very successful.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Resign, as I don't want to be a Prime Minister who does not have his own words to say. He is a puppet of 15 parties.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
9. What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
1) Scarcity of good Politicians
10. Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
Dictatorship may help, but I am not sure.
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
12. Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
It has hurt more.
13. What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
2) Maruti Car
3) Information Technology
14. What is your favourite pastime?
2) Hindi Music
15. What is your happiest memory?
My birthday every year.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
Trip to Goa with friends after completing my graduation.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Anything with Chicken.
18. What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
1) Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge
2) Hera Pheri (2001)
19. What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
I don't read.
20. A message from you to other NRIs
Do not forget your motherland. One can't find Indian love and respect anywhere in the world.
Meet Shabbir Jadliwala.He currently lives in Prague and works in the IT industry.
Published - December 2001
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