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Meet Sonali Mayur...

1. Why did you leave India?
I married an NRI.

2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
I don't have a choice as my husband plans to return. If in India, would like to settle in Pune, Bangalore or Mumbai.

3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Broadens my perspective and I get to experience a different quality of life. I also have started valuing Indian culture more.

4. What do like least about being abroad?
Lack of warmth in people, and climate.

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?
No problems.

7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Legalise bribery.

8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
1. People & Diversity
2. Climate
3. My husband

9. What do you think are the biggest problems facing India? (max 3)
1. Pollution
2. Corruption
3. Lack of trust among people

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?
Amitabh Bachchan.

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)?
No comment.

14. What is your favourite pastime?

15. What is your happiest memory?
My wedding sangeet function.

16. What's your most memorable journey?
Going by skyrail to the rainforest in Australia.

17. What is your ultimate food dish?
Pav bhaji, tiramisu.

18. What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
1. Lion King
2. Life is beautiful
3. Dil Se

19. What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
1. Notes to myself - Hugh Prather
2. GRE study guide
3. any book on design

20. A message from you to other NRIs
Be cool, don't pick up foreign accents and stay Indian.

Meet Krishnamurthy Subramanian. He currently lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is employed in the financial services sector.
Published - April 2001

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