Anand Mahadevan is a Business Editor with Outlook India In 1998, Outlook India went online, drawing into its fold the vast, nascent readership of expatriate Indians. Outlook India is both Outlook magazine's home on the Internet and an online publication. Apart from Outlook's print edition in its entirety - supplemented with links to related articles on its own site and elsewhere on the Web - Outlook India also offers an array of original Web-only columns and and news updates every day with a very lively interactive section.
My conversion was not a change of religion; it was a change of heart. I was born a Brahmin and am the grandson of a priest whom I dearly loved. I am educated and my current professional standing indicates that I am reasonably intelligent. I am also affluent and my income would put me distinctly in the upper middle class bracket. I guess that would make me high-caste, rich and smart. In other words, I am not a tribal, or poor or dim-witted. And yet, I chose to become a follower of Jesus Christ. The world would call me a convert to Christianity. I have no problems with that, though I see my faith more as a relationship with God through Jesus Christ than as a religion. And for the record, I can truthfully claim that no one financially induced or threatened or deceived me into converting to Christianity.