1. Why did you leave India?
For better opportunities and better quality of life.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
The quality of life.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Away from relatives and friends.
5. Would you be concerned about raising your family outside India?
Not at all. The principle values in life are same anywhere in the world.
6. What are your thoughts about marrying outside your immediate community, someone who speaks a different language or practices a different religion?
It is ok as long as two people have similar tastes and attitudes in life.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Population control and stopping of illegal infiltration into India from its Eastern borders.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
Large pool of educated persons.
9. What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
Over population and large scale illegal infiltration from its Eastern border.
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?
Arun Shourie (for his single minded devotion towards selling off of the worthless public sector undertakings).
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)?
Disinvestment of public sector Industries.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Playing tennis and reading Indian newspapers online.
15. What is your happiest memory?
Starting of the disinvestment process in India.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
18. What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
3. Jurassic Park
19. What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
Godfather by Mario Puzo.
20. A message from you to other NRIs
Please put pressure on the Indian Government to sell off the worthless Public Sector Undertakings which are a severe drain on the country's resources.
Meet Srihari Mulgund. He currently lives in Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Published - June, 2002
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