Living in India as a kid is great gift to me: Geithner
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 12:50
Washington: Set to embark on his maiden official visit to India next week, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says it was a "great gift" for him to have lived in New Delhi for five years during his childhood, where he learnt to play cricket.

"It was a great gift to me and a great gift to any be exposed to India at an early stage," Geithner told a group of Indian reporters here.

Geithner lived in India from 1968-1973 when his father was the Deputy Resident Representative for the Ford foundation in New Delhi.

"I went to AIS (American International School), from second to sixth grade. I lived in Friends Colony," Geithner said.

"I grew up with my parents friends who were people involved in development at a time when it was a great era of optimism and development," he said, vividly recollecting his life in New Delhi.

The Treasury Secretary said "as a young child I was able to see how much of India lives to not just in extreme poverty but in a country with India's great opened dynamism tradition is a great gift for an American."

"To watch and see how the impact America had on the world for good and sometimes not so good is a great gift to have as a young kid," he said.

Geithner says it is in New Delhi that he learnt to play cricket and baseball.

"I was lucky, I learnt not just to play cricket but I learnt to play baseball," he said. He added that he no longer plays cricket.

After he left India in 1973, Geithner had been to India four times all on official or business trip.

"I have not spent very much time there and I have not travelled extensively since then," he said.


First Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 12:50

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