1. Why did you leave India?
As the remuneration was not good in those days( 6 years back).
2. Do you plan to return to India to settle down?
100%. I would like to live in Bombay
3. What do you like most about being abroad?
Getting to know different cultures.
4. What do like least about being abroad?
I really miss Indian festivals( Diwali).
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?
Outside the community is okay, but I think different religion requires tremendous understanding.
7. What would be the first thing you would do if you became the Prime Minister of India?
Give social security benefits and eliminate tax evasion.
8. What do you think are India's greatest strengths?(max 3)
1. Unity in Diversity
2. Indian Culture
3. Love of Indians towards their country
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?
Very much. We need to have a two party system like the US.
11. For whom do you have the highest regard amongst living Indians?
12. Do you think that the national obsession with Cricket has helped or has it hurt India as a sporting nation?
Definitely it has helped.
13. What do you think are India's greatest achievements since Independence? (max 3)?
Liberalisation, Indians making a name for themselves in foreign countries Nuclear power
14. What is your favourite pastime?
Watching cricket, surfing the net.
15. What is your happiest memory?
The day I came to know my wife is pregnant.
16. What's your most memorable journey?
My first visit to Switzerland.
17. What is your ultimate food dish?
18.What are your favourite movies? (max 3)
19.What are your favourite books (please list authors as well)? (max 3)
1. Books by Swami Vivekananda
20.A message from you to other NRIs
Be a die hard Indian and you can be this by even living abroad.
Meet Ramesh krishnan.He currently lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and works in the Finance sector.
Published - June 2001
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