1. Why did you leave India?
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Distance from loved ones and the attitude of a few Indians abroad.
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?
Done that. Found it very nice.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Change the constitution to make temporary military service compulsory for all males and make Masters Degree the primary criteria for contesting elections.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
Culture, Intellectual Strength & Family Values
9.What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
Population, Illiteracy & Corruption.
10. Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
It will make no difference, unless the politicians start thinking more about the country than themselves.
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
Common man, since he is still tolerating all the troubles of India.
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)?
Staying as a single country and the advent of computers by Rajiv Gandhi.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
15. What is your happiest memory?
Seeing mom on visits to India.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
Honeymooning in Paris and Venice.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Rasam and rice prepared by my mother.
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Analyze This, Godfather and Star Wars.
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
The Gita, The eagle has landed, Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Mera bharat mahaan.
Meet Venkata Subramanian M. S. He currently lives in Piscataway, New Jersey, USA.
Published - July 2000
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