1. Why did you leave India?
For monetary reasons.
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
May be Yes - Bangalore.
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Less corruption - less pollution - clean and green surroundings.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
People don't understand "vegetarianism".
5. Would you be concerned about raising your family outside India?
Yes and no.
6. What are your thoughts about marrying outside your immediate community, someone who speaks a different language or practices a different religion?
as long as you know the person well - it doesn't matter.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Manmohan Singh - Finance Minister; P Chidambaram - Commerce Minister; Narayanamoorthy - IT minister.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
IT, Very HIGH IQ levels of our students and diversity.
9. What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
Politics, Middleman and corrupt officials.
10. Do you think that a presidential form of government would better serve the needs of India's democracy?
Depends on who is chosen to be President.
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
APJ Abdul Kalam - DRDO; Narayanamoorthy - INFOSYS; Kasturirangan - ISRO; Ilayaraja - Music Director; Vishwanathan Anand - Chess Player.
12. Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
Helped and hurt India.
13. What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
Self sufficiency on food, Information Technology, Secularism.
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Browsing indian websites for news and information.
15. What is your happiest memory?
The day I got my first job.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
Dubai to London with my close friend.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Idliwith Cranberry Chutney.
18. What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
Iruva, Anjali, Titanic.
19. What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
20. A message from you to other NRIs
Don't talk bad about India in front of others.
Meet Laxminarayan R. He currently lives in Mississauga, Canada; and works in the IT industry.
Published - January 2001
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