1. Why did you leave India?
To explore & gain experience. To see the world.
2.Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Yes for sure. No place like home. I will settle down in my hometown.
3.What do you like most about being abroad?
Corruption free smooth life.
4.What do like least about being abroad?
Miss everything at home. There is no place like it.
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?
A big no for me personally. You must have common values and goals to share.
7.What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Take serious measures to curb growth of population.
8.What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
1. Hard Work
2. Best Brains
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?
11.For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
APJ Abdul Kalam.
12.Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
It has hurt other sports for sure.
13.What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
1. GSLV Launch
2. Emerging as an IT superpower
3. Pokhran Blasts
14.What is your favourite pastime?
Internet, Music, Driving.
15.What is your happiest memory?
My first holiday back to India (and all afterwards).
16.What's your most memorable journey?
To Rohtang pass near Manali.
17.What is your ultimate food dish?
Too many to be listed here.
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Do Listen to your heart and do what your inner core says. Best things in life are really free!!!!
Meet Ravi Shekhawat. He currently lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Published - December, 2003
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