1. Why did you leave India?
Sent abroad by my company.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Not yet decided.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Lack of interesting social life.
5. Would you be concerned about raising your family outside India?
Yes, but I also have concerns about raising my kids in India.
6. What are your thoughts about marrying outside your immediate community, someone who speaks a different language or practices a different religion?
I'm already married, but otherwise I'm open.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Open schools that teach and demonstrate the basic values of life.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
9.What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
Competitiveness, Lethargic culture, No cohesiveness.
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?
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)?
World's biggest democracy, Knowledge industry.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Daydreaming, listening to music (instrumental).
15. What is your happiest memory?
16. What's your most memorable journey?
Cable car on way back from Klein Matterhorn (Switzerland).
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Orange juice, potato chips, yoghurt.
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Inner Space, Vedam Pudithiu (Tamil), Kurithi Punal (Tamil)
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
20.A message from you to other NRIs
"Fact is what you believe, truth is what it is"
Meet Sivaram Parthasarathy. He currently lives in London (UK) and works in the IT industry.
Published - April 2000
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