1. Why did you leave India?
To earn money to meet family commitments.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Yes, Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh, India.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Good working environment.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
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?
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Change the education system, with more emphasis on spirituality. Stop India running after unnecessary material things such as nuclear weapons, and instead focus on making India a peaceful country.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
Even today, you find the greatest spiritual masters.
9.What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
Blindly following religious rituals, too much selfishness, losing its identity by Westernisation and running after superficial things like military power.
10. Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
Any form of government is ok, provided the basic intention of the leaders is to genuinely serve the country.
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
All spiritual masters, including my guru in Cuddapah.
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)?
14. What is your favourite pastime?
15. What is your happiest memory?
When I understood a little bit of who I am.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
Cuddapah to Gopalapuram village (Andhra Pradesh) where my guru lives.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Shirdi Sai Baba Mahatyam (Telugu), Swati Kiranam (Telugu), Siri Vennela (Telugu)
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
Living with Himalayan Masters (Swami Rama), Baba Leelalu
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Whether you are in the East or West, understand the purpose of life and adopt the best of both worlds.
Meet Muni Rao Madaka. He currently lives in London (UK) and works in the IT industry.
Published - April 2000
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