1. Why did you leave India?
To work abroad, make money, help family, develop career.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Yes, maybe within 6 years.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Freedom, money, reason over sentiments in life.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Not able to participate in important festivals with larger family.
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?
Liberalize the economy totally, fast open economy; fast track projects on infrastructure such as roads, communication, education, water, roads, and healthcare.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
Educated manpower, big middle class, intelligent people.
9.What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
Problem with Pakistan, political instability, shortage of every thing in infrastructure.
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?
Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
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)?
Higher education, industries, democratic government.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Studying the US share market on the Internet.
15. What is your happiest memory?
To have studied in IIT Kharagpur.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
Trip to six European countries in one go (France, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany)
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Kabhi Kabhi, Awara, Koshish.
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
City of Joy, Roots, India 2025.
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Stay out as much as possible but keep close touch with India and at least with own family; create confidence in them; partly invest in India.
Meet Santosh Singh. He currently lives in Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar (Venezuela), and works in the manufacturing industry.
Published - May 2000
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