1. Why did you leave India?
Cos I wanted to see the world.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Yes - after I retire or there are no more places in the world to see (whichever comes first), I would come back to my city - Bombay.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Good life, travel, my friends from various countries - diversity.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Child abuse, kids killing kids (Columbine) & single moms (The Status Single).
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 would love that.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Remove corruption & impose education (at least till 12th grade) for all citizens.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
Diversity, IITs & Culture.
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?
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
Karishma Kapoor, naah just kidding ...
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)?
India is running towards becoming the superpower in software.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Music, Internet & driving.
15. What is your happiest memory?
The day I saw my family after landing at Sahar airport in Bombay for the first time.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
When I drove from Los Angeles to New York.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Dal & Chawal. Believe me.
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Naam, French Kiss.
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
White Olender (Janet Flitch), all the books by Robert Ludlum.
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Remember your roots.
Meet Girish Wadhwani. He currently lives in Hayward, California, USA and works in IT .
Published - June 2000
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