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'I love the current state India is in'

January 31, 2014 16:00 IST

'I love the current state India is in'

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Nimrat Kaur

'We are bubbling with a lot of energy, both political and social... The fact that so many Indias exist within the boundaries of our country is very intriguing.'

'India needs to be a lot cleaner than it is right now. We need to respect our roads, and our public spaces,' says actress Nimrat Kaur in the concluding part of Rediff.com's special series -- What I love most about India.

I love the current state India is in.

We have seen so much development in the past 10, 15 years. We are being looked at as a promising country.

The fact that so many Indias exist within the boundaries of our country is very intriguing too. We are bubbling with a lot of energy, both political and social.

Indians have the rare quality of being able to adapt to pretty much anything. Indians don't get bogged down by hardships easily because they are brought up in tough conditions

I've met Indians in other countries -- France, Germany, the US -- and they are just like us, very tough.

India has breathtaking landscapes, so many seasons; India, as a land, is beautiful.

Of all the places in India, Rajasthan is very dear to me because I was born there. I have travelled in the state twice or thrice by road recently.

Kashmir is also stunning -- I recently went trekking there and have spent parts of my childhood there when my father was posted in Kashmir (Nimrat's father was an officer in the Indian Army. He died in a terrorist attack in 1994).

I love Bombay because this is home now and Punjab because I'm Sikh.

I love the food there, I think it's magnificent. I love visiting the Golden Temple.

The book that describes India best is William Dalrymple's White Mughals.

India needs to be a lot cleaner than it is right now. We need to respect our roads, and our public spaces.

The state of our roads and beaches is pathetic. We need to introduce a blanket rule to keep the streets clean from litter and negligence.

We need more public politeness on the roads; we need to get rid of our angst and mellow down a bit.

Being an Indian means everything to me.

It is my identity; it gives me my skin colour. Indians get so much warmth abroad; it's heartening.

We need to acknowledge, appreciate and nurture all that is unique to us.

It is a matter of pride and self-realisation.

Nimrat KaurNimrat Kaur received much praise in India and abroad for her performance in The Lunchbox.

She spoke to Nishi Tiwari.

The complete series: Why I love India


Image: A school girl with her face painted in the colours of the national flag in Chandigarh.
Photographs: Ajay Verma/Reuters
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