India's Future: Balancing Old and New Worlds

Why shouldn't she feel like she's at the center of the universe, especially given the seemingly limitless professional opportunities she faces? And why should she aspire to be American when Indian culture is so vibrant? Tellingly, she didn't even know of Brad Pitt.

The assignment given to us by our bosses was to ask her lots of questions about her attitude toward the United States. But the questions fell flat because, frankly, she had never spent much time thinking about us. This was a real wake-up call for me.

One of the questions on our list was this: "If you could change anything about your life, what would it be?"

Mehta paused for a while, looked up at the ceiling and then finally said, softly, "I find everything is just right as of now."

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