1. Why did you leave India?
I am on a Secondment to the parent company as part of my career plan.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Yes, Madras/ Pune/Bangalore.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Exposure to a different culture (work, social etc)
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Lack of social contact.
5. Would you be concerned about raising your family outside India?
Yes, due to the different value systems.
6. What are your thoughts about marrying outside your immediate community, someone who speaks a different language or practices a different religion?
Not applicable as I am already married!
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Give priority to Health and Education.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
High Intellect, Large Manpower, Tolerance.
9.What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
Population, Illiteracy, Lack of credible politicians.
10. Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
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?
13. What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
Self reliance in food, Still being a democracy, Slow but steady decline in caste structure.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Reading, swimming, cycling.
15. What is your happiest memory?
When my son and daughter were born.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
Driving to Goa.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Gandhi, Sholay, Sound of Music.
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
I read all serious stuff including books by Osho.
20.A message from you to other NRIs
There are a lot of things that we Indians can learn from the West. And many that we should not imitate. Know the difference!
Meet S. V. Raman, who currently lives in The Hague, Netherlands. He works in the manufacturing sector.
Published - March 2000
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