1. Why did you leave India?
To study in a better atmosphere.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
I will return India after 2015. might be to Lucknow or Delhi.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
I came to Netherlands for academic purpose which is much better than India.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
I miss my people here.
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?
I am not interested.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
I will try to end up the reservation in education + service on the basis of religion or community.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
Natural Resources and manpower.
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?
No, but two party system might help.
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
12. Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
Cricket has suppressed all other sports in India.
13. What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
According to me it is Atomic power in after that industrial growth.
14. What is your favorite pastime?
My college Days in Allahabad.
15. What is your happiest memory?
It is personal.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
I went to Bangalore in 2001 with some friends that was the best time of my life.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Kabab with parathas.
18. What are your favorite movies? (max 3)
19. What are your favorite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
Best Reads are...
1. Five points Someone (Chetan Bhagat)
20. A message from you to other NRIs
Stay connected and help the people back home.
Meet Ankur Mathur. He currently lives in Netherland.
Published - April 20, 2007
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