1. Why did you leave India?
For better financial and professional prospects.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
Yes I do plan to return to India in next 5-6 years. Delhi or nearby area.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Exposure to international people.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
Discrimination, although it is not very much.
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?
It does not matter to me, although there may some difficulties initially.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
I would change the political system. Two-party system, minimum qualifications for contesting Parliamentary or Assembly elections, removing reservations, removing black money.
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)
Politics, Population and corruption.
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 Behari Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh, Jagmohan, Ratan Tata, Chandra Babu Naidu.
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)?
Medical Research, Nuclear Research, Space Research.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Internet, Chatting with friends, Watching stocks.
15. What is your happiest memory?
Getting selected for my first job abroad in Saudi Arabia.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
None so far.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Kalyug (Shashi Kapoor), Titanic, Dushman (Rajesh Khanna).
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
I do not read books much.
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Please do not send money to India thru Hawala.
- Ajay Aggarwal in Los Angeles, USA
Ajay Aggarwal, single, originally from Delhi, and has lived in Los Angeles for the past two years. He currently works with OSS Inc.
Published - 1999
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