Although Mandeep Rai was not born or brought up in India, she says that she is extremely Indian. "It is in how I practice my faith, how I speak my mother tongue. When I chose my first assignment as a journalist, I could have gone to report from anywhere in the world. But I dedicated my first year just to India because it was so much a part of me; I had to kind of go and discover (India) for myself," she tells MAKERS India. According to Mandeep, who has travelled to 150 countries, the "Indian factors" are in everything that she does because of the values her parents have given her. "They've shaped me and my siblings; it's not just family values. It's also our relationship to integrity and honesty. It's also our relationship to how to be compassionate, fair, humble, and how to look after one another and how to look after your community and be fair to each and every person," she says.