1. Why did you leave India?
To pursue further studies.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Not sure. If so, probably Bangalore.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Missing 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 probably wouldn't do that, though it isn't strictly a no.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Remove the "reserved category" system and make sure that the
minimum education level for contesting an election would be that you must be
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
2. Unity in diversity
3. Defence program (particularly nuclear)
9. What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
3. Too many old people occupying the highest posts in politics.
10. Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
Wouldn't make a difference.
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
T N Seshan & G R Khairnar
12. Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
It has probably hurt the development of other sports like may be hockey, tennis, football, etc.
13. What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
The Nuclear Program.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
15. What is your happiest memory?
Standing on the merit list in the 10th class board examinations.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
Bombay to Goa with my closest friends.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
1. Chupke Chupke
2. Gol Maal
3. The Party
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
1. Mostly books related to cricket.
2. Adventures of Tintin
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Wherever you maybe in the world, your heart should always be in India!!!
Meet Ashish Aras. He lives in USA.
Published - June, 2002
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