1. Why did you leave India?
For a better life and comforts.
2.Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Maybe yes. Cannot say where.
3.What do you like most about being abroad?
Life style. Fast cars and good infrastructure.
4.What do like least about being abroad?
Education system (school level).
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?
If the people are compatible and think on similar lines then nothing should stop them.
7.What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
1. Make the Politicians more accountable.
2. Give some hope and direction for the people to achieve more.
8.What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
2. Family values.
9.What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
10.Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
No this system is Ok. Number of parties contesting elections can be restricted.
11.For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
1. Sachin Tendulkar.
2. Narayan Murthy.
12.Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
It has helped one game to grow but has hurt other games.
13.What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
2. Education system IIT's etc
3. United in thinking.
14.What is your favourite pastime?
15.What is your happiest memory?
Having my first kid.
16.What's your most memorable journey?
Going from India to Paris.
17.What is your ultimate food dish?
Butter chicken and naan.
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
1. Dil to pagal hai.
2. Hum aapke hain kaun.
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
Atlas shrugged - Ayn rand.
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Carry on the good work and remain united in foreign lands.
Meet Sandeep Sondhi. He currently lives in Charlotte, USA.
Published - August, 2003
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