NPR: Driveway Moments
India Adds Spice to Globalization
by Sandip Roy
Morning Edition, March 2, 2006
Commentator Sandip Roy just returned from a visit to his family in India.
Like President Bush, he had a chance to observe first hand the power
of one the world's fastest growing consumer markets.
It wasn't what he was expecting.
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just to hear the end
to spend his day
to get to town
quite so much time
to cross paths with
to have better luck Ving
to pick up (= to buy)
H & M clothing store
trendy little outfit
to check the label
to imagine s.o.'s face
halfway around the world
to bear gifts
as a kid in...
mixed fruit jam
row upon row
to lug back
plain corn flakes
...is just not what it used to be.
the foreign returned
a certain cachet
a dime a dozen
go weekend shopping
1. Why is this series of reports called "Driveway Moments"?
2. What problems did Sandip Roy encounter when trying to buy gifts for his family and friends back home in India?
3. Why would bringing a gift made in Pakistan be inappropriate in this situation?
4. What was the family's reaction to the gifts of jam?
5. What was it probably like in the past when an Indian living abroad returned to India for a visit?
6. Why does the reporter call the India of today "America plus-plus"?
7. a. How did the reporter feel about America after seeing what India now has to offer?
b. What examples does he give to support this observation?
8. Can you think of a comparable situation in your own experience? Please tell about it briefly.