India The World's Strictest Parents


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Unruly British teenagers are sent abroad to live with strict families. Peter and Jocelyn stay with the Unnikrishnans, a hard-working, successful family from Pune, India.


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Many parents raise their kids using strict discipline...

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Do not come back until you have checked your answers.

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..rigid boundaries...

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Drinking, drugs and sex, they're selfish behaviours that destroy lives.

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..and immediate consequences.

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Come on.

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Some people might say that my parents are strict, but we would rather call it love.

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But can traditional parenting change the lives of rebellious British teenagers?

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I need some more booze.

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Where is my booze?

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As soon as someone says, "You will do this," the first thing I say is, "No, I won't."

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I get away with murder here, like.

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Like, I can just do anything I want.

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Big lack of respect for authority.

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I go to bed whenever I want. I wake up whenever I want.

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I don't care what anyone else thinks about me because it's up to me, isn't it?

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To find out, two teens who've never met before will leave their fraught families behind...

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Don't embarrass your family.

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..and head off to the far corners of the world where they will live

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according to strict rules imposed by new parents.

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In my house you are going to do as I tell you to do.

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Please let me make it very clear, my children won't defy me.

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This is wrecking my head. This is wrecking my head.

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When I punish, I punish really hard.

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I'm sick of being treated like a little kid when I'm not one.

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-Shut up and listen to me.

-Go upstairs.

-No.

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You are a child. You are mine. In the US you have to do what an adult says.

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They are actually insane.

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The British people's moral fabric is disintegrating.

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This programme contains some strong language.

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Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!

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16-year-old Peter Wrigley likes nothing more than to party.

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That is all vodka, boy.

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As he's grown, he's become very pompous, very arrogant, thinks that he's God's gift.

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Ideal world, absolutely minted, loads of fit girls, loads of drink.

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Perfect, mate.

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Peter, get up now and pick up this stuff and hang up your suit.

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Peter was kicked out of his expensive private school for being disruptive and lazy.

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When he came out of boarding school last summer and came home to do his A-levels at a local school,

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it was quite apparent that he was the laziest child I've ever come across.

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This morning I've received a letter from Peter's school

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that's expressing their concern that he's not currently on course to achieve his target grades.

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At the beginning of Year 10 I was purely like ten A stars

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and, like, during the two years it went down to, like, straight Us pretty much

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because I just did no work. I was just, like, I can't be bothered.

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-Peter?

-What?

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You haven't even given me your full report.

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Pick it up. Peter!

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Come and pick it up.

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Peter's been given every opportunity for an excellent start in life.

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Oh, my Lord! I can't imagine how much money

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has gone on that boy's education and his whole life.

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Peter's parents divorced when he was three

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and since his mother's second marriage recently broke down, Peter's behaviour has worsened.

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He's a sort of lad who would rather

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seek forgiveness than ask permission.

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So many times he just gets into bother and then expects us all to forgive him afterwards.

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Stop it! Stop it now!

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Over in Sussex, 17-year-old Jocelyn Harris

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spends all her days smoking marijuana.

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You do smoke cannabis.

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We all... We all know that. You look very grey, you know?

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-I mean, we're all...

-Grey?

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We're not all stupid now, are we?

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Mum, I'm about to turn 18.

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-I'm not going to go all sober and go on a detox.

-Experimental stuff.

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But I'm about to turn 18. I'm not going to stop taking...

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I'm not going to stop drinking and, like, never take drugs again when I turn 18.

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It's just bad news.

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At night, Jocelyn goes out in Brighton to drink with her mates.

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-So, you're not stoned?

-I haven't been stoned since ten o'clock this morning, actually.

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-You made about nine hours.

-Yeah!

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From Monday to Friday it's basically the same thing every day.

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About five, six-ish I'll get a train down to Hayward Heath and I'll meet three or four friends.

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She was asked to leave college because of her problem with authority.

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I hate people telling me what to do all the time.

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I could never handle the teachers at school because they just think that they can order you around.

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She always seemed to be in trouble and always seemed to be in detention or being internally excluded.

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Erm, she set fire to the science lab once.

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Jocelyn was once a keen rider and even played cricket for her county.

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She always achieved good grades,

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but since her dad began working abroad in Dubai for months at a time, it all went downhill.

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All the stuff at school, it was always me that had to go into school

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because her dad was always at work,

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so I think she probably realises that she's given me a fair amount of grief over the years.

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She's spent the last year doing nothing.

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You have no responsibilities, you can sit around, smoke your rollies, talk to your friends.

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Do you know what I mean? And you... You know, I don't think you really get that.

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What are you going to do if you don't get an education?

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How are you going to fund all that?

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-How are you...?

-What do you mean?

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-Well, how are you...

-Fund what?

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Well, your life in the future when you leave home.

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Both parents have agreed to send their children to India for eight days

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to live with a strict Indian family.

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-She's actually crying.

-Be good.

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-Can I've some money, please?

-Well, I was going to give you a bit of money, a bit of spending money.

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-That's for you, all right?

-Cheers.

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I don't think he quite knows what's in store for him.

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Hopefully, he'll come back having had a good think about what he really wants to do,

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what he wants out of life.

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-It's the moment of truth.

-Yeah.

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-Give it your best shot.

-I will.

-OK.

-I see you in two weeks.

-Bye, Jocelyn.

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-Bye.

-Bye.

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She'd better be fit. If she's not fit, I'm not going to be happy.

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-Hello.

-I'm Pete.

-I'm Joce. Are you all right? Nice to meet you.

-Yeah. And you.

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-How are you?

-I'm all right.

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I'm scared. I'm excited, but scared.

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No, I'm buzzing. Absolutely buzzing. I can't wait.

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The teens are being sent to Pune, a city in the west of India, four hours' drive from Mumbai.

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They'll be staying with the Unnikrishnans, a modern Indian family in search of excellence.

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Dad Unni is the CEO of a multinational company employing 5,000 people.

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Mum Madu is the CEO of their home and has a strict set of rules for their 15-year-old son Siddarth.

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Final answer comes out as 2x - y - 2, sir.

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OK.

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Only child Siddarth has been sent to one of Pune's most sought-after private schools,

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where he is expected to achieve good grades.

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After a ten-hour flight, the teens touch down in the Indian city of Pune,

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with a population of over five million people.

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It's known as the Oxford of the East as it's home to more than 100 academic institutions.

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But the teens' eyes are fixed on the poverty.

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I can't get over it. I'm, like, speechless.

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Some of the buildings as well are absolutely, like, shocking. Living in that would be well bad.

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Yeah.

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To the teens' relief,

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the Unnikrishnans live in a modern three-bedroom apartment in an upmarket gated community.

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-Hi.

-Hi. I'm Peter.

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Welcome. Feel welcome. Unni.

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Unni?

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I'm Siddarth.

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-I'm Madu, your mother.

-Ah, hello.

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-Nice to meet you.

-You're welcome.

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-Siddarth.

-Hello, nice to meet you.

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Son Siddarth will have to share his bedroom for the first time.

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Is it OK for you, Peter, to share the room with Siddarth?

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Yeah, that's cool, yeah. I used to go to boarding school, so I'm used to sharing rooms and that.

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It's a bit weird.

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It's like proper weird, their accents and that and, like,

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they're a bit sort of mamma and all that, so...

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Jocelyn's bedroom will be the converted family study.

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Well, you can tell there's someone pretty successful, because there was all these...

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There's just all these trophies everywhere and, like, books and like...

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It looks like they're pretty, like, educationally based.

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So, they're not going to be very happy with they know I've spent a year sitting in bed

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and smoking too much weed.

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Come.

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Settling in? Feeling better?

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-Yes.

-Good.

-Sit down.

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Before the British teens can get unpacked,

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the new parents want to ensure that they live their next eight days like their son Siddarth,

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so lay down some house rules.

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I haven't been an education for a year, so I'm not looking forward to going back.

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I've just had bad experiences with school so I get a bit, like, I don't like teachers and work and...

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-You need to study, you need to hold down a good job, have a good home.

-I just want to have fun.

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Can we not smoke at all? Like, can we not...

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-Huh?

-Can we smoke outside the house?

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Unfortunately, no.

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Yeah, but what if we don't want to give it up?

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-Give it to me.

-I haven't got any alcohol.

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But you've got cigarettes. Yeah.

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Give it to me.

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Thank you.

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Why can't you give it up for a week and work towards giving up smoking?

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Because I want to smoke for the summer. Because if I give up now,

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because I smoke cannabis, during the summer I'll find it really difficult not to smoke cannabis

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-and it would have tobacco in it, so...

-You smoke cannabis?

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Yeah. That's why I don't drink so much any more.

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Jocelyn, there is a saying, tomorrow never comes

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and today never goes.

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Jocelyn and Peter are asked to sign a contract stating they'll comply with the rules of their new home.

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So, you keep reading and rereading until it becomes a part of your psyche.

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We appreciated their openness, within a few hours to be able to tell us that.

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And, secondly, we have the confidence as elder parents to get them around.

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They asked me to hand over my cigarettes, but I still have a packet of GV in my bag

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and I'm not giving them that.

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Down in the communal garden, the British teens waste no time in breaking the smoking rule.

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It feels like I'm about eight again and smoking underneath my bed.

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-Like...

-You smoked when you were eight?

-Yeah.

-Jees!

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I was really good when I was little.

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It wasn't until I got to, like, 13 that I started getting bored of the whole,

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you know, "I'm a nice girl, I do well at school."

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They need to realise that people from England aren't so cooperative.

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Having formed a bond over a fag, Joce and Pete decided to test the resolve of their new parents.

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I had a cigarette.

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-You had a cigarette?

-Yeah.

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-You had it with you or you bought it?

-I had it with me.

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So, you told a big lie to me?

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Yeah.

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How do you feel?

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Much better.

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And I'm not going to stop, either. I'm going to smoke while I'm here.

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-Yeah, so am I.

-You're going to smoke now?

-Yes, I'm going to smoke.

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I have a commitment

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that you live like normal human beings, good children.

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I want to smoke and I'm going to smoke and I don't really take...

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I'm not really going to have anyone telling me not to smoke.

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You're arguing with me so much, so much, but still I have not lost my cool.

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I do not raise my voice even by one decibel.

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I say that you can't smoke.

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Madu and Unni are alarmed by the teens' disobedience,

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so the search their bags in case they're hiding any more cigarettes.

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It's a condom. It is not going to be a choice of whether we should allow them one or two cigarettes.

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It's a no no, as far as that is concerned.

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Siddarth has never seen such bad behaviour and is worried that he might lose his new siblings.

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To be honest, I'd prefer to stay.

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Yeah, but it's not that easy at all.

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With the bags checked, Unni calls the teens up for a dressing down.

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I checked your bag. You've got cigarettes with you. You can take it or leave it to me now.

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-You checked my bag?

-Yeah.

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You went through my stuff?

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You can't go through my stuff without asking me.

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Because you let me down, as simple as that.

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And I don't... I don't trust you, I'll be very open with you.

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-That's not fair. I could have some really private stuff in my bag.

-Be open and frank and...

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-Be honest.

-We've been very straight and honest with you. Please let me make it very clear.

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I've been very honest with you and very nice with you, I'll continue to be nice to you, OK?

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There are some things I spoke about it, like a good father.

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There are two sides to my personality, too.

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You've seen the good side of mine.

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-I want you to live with me like good kids.

-But still, that's my stuff.

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That's, like, my belongings that you've just gone and ruffled through like... Oh, Jees!

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Ah!

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What a nice thing to hear(!)

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-I'm angry.

-You're angry?

-Yes.

-So are we.

-You've gone through my stuff without asking.

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-So are we, angry.

-Do you know that we...

-But we're controlling it. We don't like to shout.

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We're not a shouting type of people.

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You're my son. You're my daughter.

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This is my house

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and here my decisions shall prevail.

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I really just don't want to be here any more because I can't...

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I don't like them. I'm pissed off at the man for going through my stuff. The dad makes me want to...

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Makes me want to jump out the window and run as fast as I can.

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He is the most annoying man I've ever met in my life.

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I cannot stand to be around him and I'm going to walk out of this house and not come back in

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if he says, like, another word that pisses me off, because they're just...

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They're just too much.

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Joce, good morning.

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Peter, good morning.

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Siddarth, good morning.

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Rise and shine.

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Unni has a big day planned for Peter and Jocelyn.

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He wants them to join his charity and help out in the poorest area of town.

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So, Peter, Siddarth and Joce,

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you've got to go to a place where there is a community of underprivileged people

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and these are people who do not have any opportunities in life, also.

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I want you to go with the charity group and work along with them

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in the community cleaning work they do over there.

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OK, be good boys and good girl. OK, see you.

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Bye.

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They're not used to doing this.

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They're going with a conjecture and a perception

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that it's going to be dirty work. Oh, icky feeling.

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I'm sure if they were to turn around during the day

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and start feeling that, look, I like to contribute

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and I like to work and I like to be selfless in my thinking,

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then the actions will come automatically.

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Almost half of Pune's population live in

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a poverty-stricken area surviving on less than a pound a day.

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Its inhabitants receive no social security, so the only help they get is from charities like Unni's.

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I'm not going to do any of this work. I don't do charity shit.

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I'm not getting paid and it's got no benefit to me whatsoever.

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Bollocks to that.

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Do you, like, really genuinely not give a shit about these people?

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No, it's the way it goes. It's what happens. There's no...

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-But, like, I don't know, I just feel...

-I've come to, like, terms with the fact

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that there's poverty all around the world, there's nothing you can do to stop it and there never will be.

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The teens are brought to meet the charity workers

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and their leader Evangeline, who will be setting their tasks.

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My name is Joce.

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-My name is Peter and I don't know what the

-BLEEP

-I'm doing here, pretty much.

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Despite his reservations, Peter joins the boys' group and Joce the girls'.

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Hello. Nice to meet you.

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My name is Joce.

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-Rahny?

-Yeah.

-What do we do exactly with the hygiene...

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It's going to be hard, like, really hard for me.

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Like, in England I don't...

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Well, I don't go to school and I don't work or anything,

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so, it's going to be a bit of a shock to kind of have to do, like,

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manual labour.

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The girls head off into the community to start work.

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Oh, ponytails!

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After the kids have their hands cleaned they're rewarded with a mini manicure.

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Sorry, I'm shaking. I smoke and I haven't had a fag, so I shake.

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So it's not going to be the brilliant thing.

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Kind of insane, like, seeing it for real.

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Like, TV is one thing, but when you're actually here, I'm, like, speechless.

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I don't really know what to say or do.

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I just can't believe that people live like this.

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Peter's group is heading to another part of the neighbourhood

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where they're expected to remove the rubbish from the streets.

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It's a crucial job, as the risk of fire is constant.

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I'm not used to this sort of shit, so it's pretty, like, gash, really.

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I don't have to.

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No.

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This is a joke.

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It's an actual joke.

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-Oh, you are

-BLEEP

-joking.

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I'm sorry about that, mate.

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Don't worry about it.

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Despite Siddarth's encouragement, Peter's had enough of doing charity work.

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I will hold. You have to...

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Oh. I'll see you all later.

0:22:160:22:18

Yeah?

0:22:220:22:24

No, I'm going. I'm going, mate.

0:22:280:22:31

No, I can't be bothered.

0:22:310:22:33

One sec. One sec.

0:22:350:22:36

No, I can't be bothered. I'm not doing it.

0:22:360:22:39

One sec, one sec, one sec.

0:22:390:22:41

No, really, I'm going. I'm done.

0:22:430:22:46

-Why?

-No, seriously I'm done.

-Because you're irritated?

-Get out of my way, seriously.

-Wait.

-Get out of my way.

0:22:460:22:51

This is pointless.

0:23:100:23:12

I'm not picking up shit in, like, some slum for nothing.

0:23:120:23:15

-That's just... Oh, God. I'm dreading what we've got planned for the rest of the

-BLEEP

-week

0:23:150:23:20

if we start off the first day doing this shit.

0:23:200:23:23

Back at home, Unni's charity leader has informed them of Peter's conduct.

0:23:260:23:31

Peter, I have not enjoyed the way you've behaved at the place where you went.

0:23:310:23:36

It's an insult to me. Ideally speaking I should be taking you along to apologise to those people.

0:23:360:23:41

But I wouldn't apologise. If you take me I won't apologise.

0:23:410:23:44

-You would not apologise?

-I wouldn't... I won't apologise. I wouldn't. I wouldn't.

0:23:440:23:48

-That shows the character.

-That's... That's the way I am. I just wouldn't do that.

0:23:480:23:52

You have to be changing to live in this world.

0:23:520:23:55

Humility is the first step to success, Peter.

0:23:550:23:58

If you want money and you want to reach somewhere in life

0:23:580:24:00

it is humility, and nothing can replace humility and hard work.

0:24:000:24:05

My children won't defy me.

0:24:050:24:07

I know you may have difficulty, but that's why I'm silent, I'm going...

0:24:070:24:12

That's my way of reacting.

0:24:120:24:14

Expecting them to be changing overnight is a myth.

0:24:160:24:21

If you are able to make them realise and understand,

0:24:210:24:24

and to make them understand, we will have to calibrate our behaviour.

0:24:240:24:27

That from softness to harshness and then later, stringency.

0:24:270:24:31

It's the way we will be behaving.

0:24:310:24:33

Following Peter's disobedience yesterday, Unni wants to teach the teens to respect authority.

0:24:390:24:46

He's arranged for them to go to his factory to work, where they'll be given the minimum wage.

0:24:460:24:52

Since I'm the head of this company, my expectation is your behaviour should be impeccable.

0:24:520:24:58

Don't let me down.

0:24:580:25:00

You'll be paid 200 rupees each

0:25:000:25:05

when you complete the work.

0:25:050:25:06

This 200 is equal to £3. This is a normal daily salary

0:25:060:25:13

given to apprentices over here in India.

0:25:130:25:18

These children at this point in time

0:25:180:25:22

are not fully aware of the fact that one day their parents will stop giving them money.

0:25:220:25:27

You have to climb every step in life to reach the pinnacle.

0:25:270:25:33

Nobody can lift you and put you from a helicopter

0:25:330:25:37

to a high position.

0:25:370:25:39

You've got to climb it step by step

0:25:390:25:42

and you start at the bottom of the rung.

0:25:420:25:45

Unni's company runs a large manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Pune,

0:25:490:25:54

but today the boys will be working in the factory where heating machines are assembled.

0:25:540:26:00

I'm sort of looking forward to it, sort of not. It's pretty hot,

0:26:000:26:03

but it's, like, interesting, something new, so... Let's see what happens.

0:26:030:26:06

See how it goes.

0:26:060:26:08

I'm sweating like a pig.

0:26:240:26:26

Over at the other end of the plant, Jocelyn's doing a stock check.

0:26:270:26:32

I've lost count now.

0:26:380:26:40

Although they have only earned £3 each, Peter appreciates that it's better than nothing.

0:26:400:26:46

I'm surprised at how hard they work for, like, little money,

0:26:460:26:49

but then again, like, it's really, like,

0:26:490:26:51

good to have a job out here compared to, like,

0:26:510:26:53

compared to people in the slums, like, this is, like, amazing, so...

0:26:530:26:58

Flush with his day's wages, Pete dumps the film crew,

0:26:580:27:02

commandeers one of Unni's drivers and orders him to take him back into town.

0:27:020:27:08

The whole point of me coming out here was to come over and have a bit of fun, which I'm doing.

0:27:130:27:17

There's nowhere in the contract that we signed saying no tattoos,

0:27:170:27:21

so there's nothing wrong with it.

0:27:210:27:24

In India, tattoo parlours are unlicensed

0:27:240:27:27

so, worried for his safety, a senior member of the production team arrives to stop the tattoo.

0:27:270:27:34

Can I insist that you stop, please?

0:27:340:27:36

-No.

-Excuse me, can I insist that you stop?

0:27:360:27:38

-It's almost finished.

-I insist that you stop.

0:27:380:27:40

I insist that you carry on.

0:27:400:27:43

No, Peter, I'm insisting that you stop. We are... We are responsible for you while you're here...

0:27:430:27:48

-I don't care.

-And I insist that you stop.

-I don't care. It's almost finished.

0:27:480:27:52

-What about this...

-I insist...

0:27:520:27:54

Let him finish it. It's like the tiniest amount left.

0:27:540:27:56

No, I absolutely insist...

0:27:560:27:58

Peter is finally persuaded to leave the parlour with an unfinished tattoo.

0:27:580:28:03

-Hi, mate.

-Hey, man.

0:28:060:28:09

Back at the flat and Siddarth is horrified by Peter's antics.

0:28:090:28:12

-Yeah, I don't care about that.

-Huh?

0:28:150:28:16

I don't care about that. I got wisdom written in Hindi.

0:28:160:28:21

What did he say it's called?

0:28:210:28:23

It's "guan" or something like that.

0:28:230:28:27

It's all right. It's all good.

0:28:310:28:33

At dinnertime, Peter has to face Unni.

0:28:330:28:37

How do you feel about what you've done?

0:28:370:28:39

-Um...

-Be honest with me.

-I'm...

0:28:390:28:42

I'm, like, glad that I got it.

0:28:420:28:44

I'm annoyed that it was stopped so it's not fully finished. I mean, it's my body.

0:28:440:28:51

I mean, it's my choice whether or not I deface it.

0:28:510:28:56

You are under my parenthood and this is something which will have an impact on you permanently

0:28:560:29:02

and in India there are places where they may use needles repeatedly

0:29:020:29:10

and, other than drugs,

0:29:100:29:13

one place where you get infected with HIV

0:29:130:29:20

is tattoos.

0:29:200:29:23

So, you were staking your life

0:29:230:29:26

unknowingly, without realising what you've done.

0:29:260:29:31

But Peter realises it might not just be him who gets it in the neck.

0:29:310:29:37

What's happening... Is, like, anything happening to your driver?

0:29:370:29:41

Because, like, I've been told that, like, you might sort of sack him,

0:29:410:29:45

but I'd be, like, really, really annoyed if that happened and, like, I asked him to stop and that,

0:29:450:29:51

so I don't think, like, you should, get, be, like, reprimanded for it.

0:29:510:29:56

Because he didn't really know what was going on.

0:29:560:29:59

He trusted you.

0:29:590:30:02

So, his was a blind faith

0:30:020:30:05

in a young boy who came from London,

0:30:050:30:08

so let me mull over that for the night what I will do with him.

0:30:080:30:12

Before you decide, do you think you could, like, let me know what you're going to do?

0:30:120:30:16

Look, if I can take so many decisions

0:30:160:30:20

of hiring 5,000 people

0:30:200:30:24

and maybe firing a couple of hundred out of that in a year,

0:30:240:30:28

I'm sure I'll take a fair decision.

0:30:280:30:31

I'm containing my feelings at this point in time.

0:30:340:30:37

I want him to be undergoing the tension for the night

0:30:370:30:41

that what will happen with the driver.

0:30:410:30:43

That's a punishment for him.

0:30:430:30:46

He's obviously not very happy.

0:30:460:30:47

It's quite annoying as well not knowing what's going to happen,

0:30:470:30:51

but I asked him, like, if he could let me know what happens before he, like, makes the decision.

0:30:510:30:56

And he was just, like, "I'll make a fair decision, I'm in charge of all these people."

0:30:560:31:00

I was like, "Oh." So, I don't think I'll find out what happens until it happens.

0:31:000:31:04

After a restless night, Peter is anxious to know Unni's verdict.

0:31:100:31:16

What... Have you decided about what you're going to do with your driver?

0:31:170:31:22

Well, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt

0:31:220:31:28

because he's worked with me for a number of years

0:31:280:31:32

and he's shown his integrity and honesty for years.

0:31:320:31:36

Giving credence for that, I'm deciding to keep him.

0:31:380:31:42

Right, good.

0:31:420:31:43

But please recognise for a fact that this is the way in life,

0:31:430:31:48

you can put others also into trouble.

0:31:480:31:50

Imagine that

0:31:500:31:53

if I do not think properly and in a fit of anger, if I were to sack him,

0:31:530:31:58

he's got a father, mother, not working, a wife and a small child.

0:31:580:32:05

And the entire family survives on the income generated by this particular person.

0:32:050:32:09

I thought I would get away with it really easily.

0:32:090:32:11

-OK.

-But when I got caught and that and I got told that the driver

0:32:110:32:15

could get sacked I felt, like, really bad and that.

0:32:150:32:17

It was a big mistake.

0:32:170:32:20

It's day four and the most important so far for the Unnikrishnans.

0:32:230:32:27

Education is what they hold most dear and today Peter and Joce will be attending Siddarth's school.

0:32:290:32:36

At Siddarth's school, the pupils are expected to wear uniform.

0:32:510:32:55

Failure to comply will lead to expulsion.

0:32:550:32:59

-It is so cute.

-It's disgusting.

0:32:590:33:01

I won't even touch it.

0:33:010:33:03

I don't think that girls and boys should be forced to wear separate things.

0:33:030:33:10

We should have a choice and I don't agree with it.

0:33:100:33:13

Only for three days? Just for three days?

0:33:130:33:15

No, I'm not going to wear a dress.

0:33:150:33:18

Not at all.

0:33:180:33:20

It's disgusting.

0:33:200:33:22

No, I'm not going to wear it.

0:33:240:33:26

Well, I won't enter, then.

0:33:270:33:28

I don't want to go anyway.

0:33:280:33:30

Education is the only option available for coming up in life in India,

0:33:340:33:39

so parents and children accord a lot of importance of attending school

0:33:390:33:44

and my request to is you make maximum use of it.

0:33:440:33:47

-Children, you're going to have a wonderful experience.

-Enjoy it.

-Believe me.

0:33:470:33:52

Siddarth attends The Bishop's School in Pune.

0:33:560:34:01

It was established by the British in 1864

0:34:010:34:03

to cater for the children of the Indian Army.

0:34:030:34:06

It now educates Pune's fee-paying elite.

0:34:060:34:10

At the helm is principal Mr Freese, who rules his school with a rod of iron.

0:34:100:34:15

There's a lot of pressure for admissions here

0:34:160:34:19

and that is why we have to be very, very careful with our discipline

0:34:190:34:24

because here we've got about 3,400 students, so we have to be very careful in that.

0:34:240:34:28

Before they can start their lessons,

0:34:280:34:31

the teens are required to meet the school principal for a uniform inspection.

0:34:310:34:36

The first thing you need to do is put that gum into this, please.

0:34:360:34:41

Are you chewing gum?

0:34:410:34:43

We're very, very strong on discipline, all right?

0:34:460:34:50

And one of the things we don't do is dress the way you are dressed.

0:34:500:34:53

-The belt buckle should be in the centre.

-Oh, yeah.

0:34:530:34:55

Come on, we've got to teach you English how to dress!

0:34:550:34:58

Be proud of that tie, my friend, that's The Bishop's School tie

0:34:580:35:02

and that comes from a tradition of 145 years.

0:35:020:35:06

School, attention.

0:35:060:35:10

We shall now sing the national anthem.

0:35:100:35:12

THEY SING

0:35:120:35:15

We have our school rules, we expect discipline

0:35:280:35:31

and we definitely expect you to be in proper uniform.

0:35:310:35:34

So, I'd like to see Jocelyn after assembly, please.

0:35:340:35:39

Despite the principal's earlier instruction, Jocelyn refuses to change into the correct uniform.

0:35:390:35:46

-Why aren't you wearing it?

-I don't think that you should... I feel like I should have a choice.

0:35:460:35:50

I don't feel I should be forced into a dress.

0:35:500:35:53

What you think does not matter in my school.

0:35:530:35:55

I'm sorry, here you're expected...

0:35:550:35:57

-I'm not going to wear a dress.

-I'll have to send you home.

0:35:570:35:59

-That's fine, I'm not going to wear a dress.

-You can go on, then. I'm sorry.

0:35:590:36:03

-You will stand expelled from the school if you do not follow our rules.

-I'm not going to.

0:36:030:36:07

-I beg your pardon?

-I'm not going to.

0:36:070:36:09

I told you. OK, I'm going.

0:36:090:36:11

Go home. Send her home, please.

0:36:110:36:13

That's OK. Let her go home.

0:36:130:36:15

Siddarth, go to the office, phone your father, ask him to come and take her home, please.

0:36:150:36:20

-She's refusing to get into uniform. She can go home.

-Yes, sir.

-I will not tolerate this.

0:36:200:36:24

-So, I'll call him.

-Go to the office.

0:36:240:36:25

School, school... I hate school.

0:36:370:36:41

I will never like school. I will never do work if I was here

0:36:410:36:44

and I'm not going to wear a dress, so I may as well just go home before I get in...

0:36:440:36:48

-Before I come and make a

-BLEEP

-of myself.

0:36:480:36:50

The girl, I'm afraid, has been a bit of a rebel.

0:36:500:36:54

She's been very stubborn and we don't want our girls to turn round and behave like this in future

0:36:540:36:59

because that would be catastrophic for them.

0:36:590:37:01

And our parents will really, really then be very, very upset if that happens.

0:37:010:37:06

Stop talking. Next one.

0:37:060:37:09

The next one is question number six, now.

0:37:090:37:11

Peter's first lesson is algebra.

0:37:110:37:14

3x - 4 - 5m squared...

0:37:140:37:19

Peter's put in Siddarth's class, who are all a year younger than him.

0:37:190:37:24

-8q - 3b + 5c.

-Excellent! Very good.

0:37:240:37:29

But being the new boy doesn't stop his teacher from putting him to the test.

0:37:290:37:33

-I can't remember. It's...

-16.

0:37:330:37:35

-What's their upside?

-I'm just working it out.

0:37:350:37:38

OK, you're calculating. Better do it.

0:37:380:37:41

-He will tell us.

-The answer is 7x - 9y - 9z.

0:37:440:37:50

Good.

0:37:500:37:51

I was like... I was well embarrassed.

0:37:510:37:54

I didn't know what was going on. I was like, do that?

0:37:540:37:56

Pretty much most of them are pretty clever.

0:37:560:37:58

And they all, like, try really hard and that.

0:37:580:38:00

For the Unnikrishnans Joce missing out on her day at school is a huge embarrassment.

0:38:020:38:08

But you just give it a small, little, little thought, just for our sake, just for your sake?

0:38:080:38:13

I don't like school.

0:38:130:38:16

Anyway, you have about almost 24 hours

0:38:160:38:19

to make up your mind, OK?

0:38:190:38:23

-Yeah.

-So, just give it a thought.

0:38:230:38:25

I will.

0:38:250:38:28

Peter's next class is a moral lesson.

0:38:280:38:31

The topic I've decided on is obedience and hard work.

0:38:310:38:36

So, you will see obedience counts.

0:38:360:38:39

Whether it is in school or at home, it will count

0:38:390:38:41

because there are certain rules and regulations given to us.

0:38:410:38:45

What are the different rules and regulations that we have to follow? Yes?

0:38:450:38:49

-Not to argue with your parents.

-Excellent. Now, let's me hear the new child - Peter. Come.

0:38:490:38:57

You can share...

0:38:570:38:58

The teacher invites Peter to talk to his classmates

0:38:580:39:01

about the moral standards he's grown up with in Britain.

0:39:010:39:04

Anyone got any questions, then?

0:39:040:39:07

Yeah, you have a question?

0:39:070:39:09

In school life? Here's, like, quite strict whereas in England, like, I got kicked out of my old school

0:39:140:39:21

because I didn't follow the little rules that there were and eventually they kicked me out.

0:39:210:39:27

The worst thing I've ever done to my parents.

0:39:290:39:31

-There's quite a few, but...

-LAUGHTER

0:39:310:39:34

-Please do not laugh.

-Probably the worst thing was I went out to a party one night and I got,

0:39:340:39:40

like, really drunk and when I got home I got in one of my mum's cars so I drove it and I crashed it.

0:39:400:39:46

So I got arrested and had to spend the night in a police cell because I was drunk and that.

0:39:460:39:50

I don't care about what my parents think about me.

0:39:550:39:57

You should, actually.

0:39:580:40:00

My parents will always be there no matter what I do.

0:40:000:40:02

Yeah.

0:40:030:40:04

Oh, my God,

0:40:040:40:06

you know how bad that is?

0:40:060:40:08

I was getting rinsed in there, though.

0:40:100:40:11

When they were asking questions about me,

0:40:110:40:13

the girls were going mental. I was like, "Someone else ask me a question, please."

0:40:130:40:18

I was just like, "Oh, my gosh!"

0:40:180:40:20

Compared to our culture it's extremely shocking what he did.

0:40:200:40:23

It's not acceptable over here.

0:40:230:40:25

He chooses to not use his brains

0:40:250:40:28

and if he probably just changed his attitude towards life,

0:40:280:40:33

as in, "I don't care," and all that, then he would probably be a good student.

0:40:330:40:37

He'd be one of the best students here.

0:40:370:40:40

Back at the apartment, Jocelyn receives a letter from her mother.

0:40:400:40:45

"We hope that you're having time to think while you are away and to reflect

0:40:450:40:49

"on the choices you have made in your life over the last few years.

0:40:490:40:53

"Since you started at secondary school, you seem to have adopted a persona that rejects authority.

0:40:530:40:59

"Lately you seem to have withdrawn from family life

0:40:590:41:01

"and even though you live here in the same house, I feel that I've lost you.

0:41:010:41:05

"Your brother and sis..." Argh!

0:41:050:41:08

"Your brother and sisters feel the same way and we're hopeful that you'll come back

0:41:120:41:17

"and finish your sixth-form courses and I hope you'll go on to pursue a career

0:41:170:41:21

"that makes use of your talents and makes you happy. We'll always be here for you

0:41:210:41:27

"and love you very much. Mum."

0:41:270:41:29

SHE SNIFFS

0:41:290:41:31

Getting back into a uniform and it just...

0:41:310:41:34

It just brought a lot back.

0:41:340:41:36

That was difficult.

0:41:360:41:39

Stuff happened, stuff changed

0:41:390:41:43

and I just ran away.

0:41:430:41:46

Jocelyn's problems with school started when she was 13.

0:41:460:41:51

There was a lot of stuff going on.

0:41:510:41:53

I mean, like,

0:41:530:41:55

my mum...

0:41:550:41:57

My mum got cancer while I was at school.

0:41:570:42:01

So, during that period I was, like,

0:42:010:42:04

"What do I do? My mum's got cancer."

0:42:040:42:07

I think she possibly, you know, thought that I was going to die.

0:42:070:42:12

You know, being young and not really understanding these kind of things.

0:42:120:42:16

And although her mother is now in remission, Jocelyn's struggled to move on.

0:42:160:42:21

I got into smoking cannabis quite a bit. Went around being a dick around school,

0:42:210:42:26

smoking, swearing at teachers, getting myself suspended, bunking,

0:42:260:42:30

-being an absolute

-BLEEP,

-which probably didn't help.

0:42:300:42:34

That time in my life just wasn't very nice for me.

0:42:340:42:38

It was just difficult to, like, put a...

0:42:380:42:40

put a uniform on again and, like, all this crap.

0:42:400:42:43

Anyway, once you go back home...

0:42:430:42:46

-Yeah.

-You're not going to wear a uniform again.

0:42:460:42:49

-Yeah, I know, I know.

-I want you to get back a sparkle in your eyes,

0:42:490:42:55

which will come with lightness of the mind.

0:42:550:42:58

So, I want you to be happy, Joce.

0:42:580:43:01

Yeah, I just block things out.

0:43:010:43:02

I smoke cannabis, drink myself, you know...

0:43:020:43:07

Get high all the time, like...

0:43:070:43:10

It just keeps my mind off everything.

0:43:100:43:11

-You don't have to think about anything when you do that, and like...

-It's escapist.

0:43:110:43:16

Yeah, it's just my way of running away.

0:43:160:43:18

I've always run away.

0:43:180:43:21

So, when are you going to stop running away?

0:43:210:43:24

-Well, now. That's what I'm saying.

-You will now?

-I'm going to try.

0:43:240:43:27

OK, I think trying is the first step.

0:43:270:43:32

Yeah.

0:43:320:43:34

After school, Unni invites Peter to his company, Fermax,

0:43:410:43:44

for a chat about his future.

0:43:440:43:46

-Hi. How are you?

-Fine, thanks. Yourself?

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Sit down.

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He's keen that Peter appreciates the value of a good education

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and suspects that the way to get to his heart is money.

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How do you feel in this office?

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I could get used to it!

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I could get very used to it.

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-OK. What is your ambition in life?

-I don't really know, to be honest.

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Like, I want to make a lot of money,

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but I'm not entirely sure, like, which way I'm going to go yet.

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I had a similar kind of vision at your age.

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I studied hard and got 100% marks in mathematics.

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-100 out of 100.

-That's good.

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So, there were only three seats available in the college where I did my degree in engineering

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for the province which I come from. I got one of those seats

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and studied for four years. You can also do that.

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You've got to plan at this point in time as to which route I will be taking.

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I'll show you how a company, how it operates

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and from that you'll come to know how you can get a good career.

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In any company,

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there'll be CFO.

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That's the Chief Financial Officer.

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There will be a Chief of Human Resources.

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Unni wants Peter to realise that getting a good degree

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is the only way for him to secure an executive job.

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If you were really serious about becoming something like this,

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average salary for a European CEO

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is US500,000 per year.

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Plus bonus.

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-Yeah.

-Bonus can be anything.

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If you do great, you'll get a 1 million bonus.

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Now, I can sort of see myself being a CEO of Fermax.

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You want to be somebody like me?

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Yeah. I mean, it would be good.

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You can make it. You have all the potential to make it happen.

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You'll only need to work hard for that.

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I never really knew how companies sort of worked,

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but now that I do and what you need for it and I think I might actually go for it.

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I'm actually thinking of, like, maybe after finishing A-levels and that,

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then give him a little shout-out

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and come and work as an apprentice for him or something.

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Back at the flat, Joce is continuing to confront her demons.

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I'm not looking forward to school, but I'm going to go.

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There's no point me sitting... There's no point me coming here and sitting at home, so...

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Later that evening, Peter opens up to Unni about his troubled school days.

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I've been moving schools my whole life, because, like, obviously with my stepdad in the Army,

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-he was moving every two years, so I moved schools quite a lot.

-Yeah.

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But I was at, like, a school I really loved and then they moved me to another school

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and the new school was like a prison.

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You went through shifting schools from one place to the other.

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That's not your fault. You're very playful,

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you're very energetic.

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You have a lot of naughty habits.

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Every human being has got good and bad, and you look at your good and try to improve it.

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I'm going to, like, work a lot harder for my exams now

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because I know that I'm going to need it because it's something to do in life now,

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whereas before I didn't really know what I was going to do after school, so...

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Like being here, like, that has helped so much.

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All the best. We are there!

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Peter, do you think India has changed you in any way?

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Like, I could feel it.

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I could feel it inside. It was weird, like, having someone...

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Like, never sort of had things sort of said

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to me, like, in that sort of way. Like, that was...

0:47:370:47:40

That was everything I sort of thought has, like, completely been,

0:47:400:47:44

like, reversed now, sort of thing.

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It's like completely changed the way I've thought about everything.

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I don't know. I think you're right, there is a turning point in me from this trip.

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Much to Unni's delight, Joce is up and dressed for school.

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It's the breakthrough they've been waiting for.

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For Jocelyn, the rhythm to come back to go to school is more important than what she does in the school.

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So, one has to be wearing a uniform, go to school,

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sit in the classroom, listen to a teacher is more important than what she learns in the class.

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It will be good for her.

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Jocelyn hasn't been in a classroom for two years.

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Jocelyn's first lesson is a spelling test.

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-Good morning, children.

-Good morning.

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The first word, the word parliament.

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P-A-R-L-I-A-M-E-N-T

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Excellent. Antique.

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-A-N-T-I-Q-U-E.

-Excellent.

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This is spelling is for Jocelyn.

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-Pageant.

-Pageant. P-A-D-G-E-N-T.

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-No?

-No. It's P-A-G-E-A-N-T.

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All right, give each other a clap, please.

0:49:230:49:27

They were all just so clever. Like, they all try so hard to, like, really do well and it's, like, wow.

0:49:290:49:35

It was quite refreshing, actually, to be in a room full of, like, children that are so, like,

0:49:350:49:39

wanting to, like, succeed and that. It's really weird.

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I am strongly for the motion.

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In the school hall, Peter's been asked to take part in a debating competition.

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He's arguing that life as an Indian teenager is better than that of a British one.

0:49:500:49:55

Ladies and gentlemen of the board and my very generous audience,

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I'd like to begin with, first and foremost, education.

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In India, education is far more important

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than most other westernised countries,

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such as England, for example.

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Many people will drop out of education after the age of 16

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with very little qualifications.

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Second of all is morals. India are big on their morals.

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Lastly, I would like to talk about respect.

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In India, everyone is massive on respect.

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You must respect your family, respect your teachers,

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respect any sort of authoritative figures - elders, police, everything.

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In many westernised cultures, respect is completely diminished.

0:50:330:50:37

Thank you very much.

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APPLAUSE

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Coming to the point in question, I firmly believe that I would prefer to be a teenager

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in a developed western country than in a country like India.

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And now for the eagerly awaited prize.

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Best speaker for...

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Peter Wrigley!

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APPLAUSE

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Thank you. Cheers.

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'The standards are pretty high out here.'

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I was surprised that I did so well, but, you know...

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It's the last period of the day

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and not only is Jocelyn still at school, she's even joined The Bishop's cricket team.

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I wasn't that upset about my over.

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I haven't played in two years.

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I do miss cricket. I do...

0:51:340:51:36

I do want to play when I get back.

0:51:360:51:38

For the first time in two years, Joce has made it to the end of her school day and it's been a success.

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School, like... School has just made me realise that instead of blocking it out,

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I need to kind of accept everything and try and move on properly rather than just closing the door,

0:51:530:51:58

do you know what I mean? And I want to move on with my life properly and stop, like,

0:51:580:52:03

letting the past get me down.

0:52:030:52:07

The British teens are nearly ready to leave, so they're having a final family get-together.

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-It's been amazing.

-Thank you.

0:52:120:52:14

It's nice to hear that, you know?

0:52:140:52:16

You are our kids. It makes us feel very, very happy and proud, really.

0:52:160:52:22

And we are always there for both of you, OK?

0:52:220:52:26

Seeing a smile on her face makes me absolutely believe there'll be a different...

0:52:260:52:32

a very different Joce we will see when we're going to see you for the next time.

0:52:320:52:36

And you'll have the memories of this going with you.

0:52:360:52:39

Oh, for the rest of my life. Well, I've got a tattoo to remind me, don't I?

0:52:390:52:44

OK. Do well. OK, do well.

0:52:450:52:49

Do well, OK?

0:52:490:52:50

Oh, I'm so happy I came. The family were amazing.

0:52:500:52:54

They were like... They've got a bit of both.

0:52:540:52:57

They've got the old love and caring, but with the strictness. I think it's brilliant.

0:52:570:53:01

Bye. Thank you.

0:53:010:53:04

'Oh, the family were really lovely.

0:53:040:53:06

'They made me think beyond barriers that I'd brought up'

0:53:060:53:09

and encouraged me to do things that I didn't want to do.

0:53:090:53:14

All the best. Do well, OK?

0:53:140:53:15

Do well. Do well, OK? Do well.

0:53:150:53:18

We are confident their parents will notice the change in them

0:53:180:53:21

because we are their parents for just one week and we have noticed a change.

0:53:210:53:27

You look just the same!

0:53:490:53:51

-All right?

-Hi!

0:53:510:53:53

Yeah, we're fine.

0:53:530:53:55

I want to know everything, Jocelyn.

0:53:550:53:57

Oh, I've got lots here.

0:53:570:54:01

What are the main things that you've learnt?

0:54:010:54:05

Learnt some self-control.

0:54:050:54:07

Dealing with things instead of running away and helping you out more.

0:54:070:54:12

-I didn't know what was going to surface, but it's good, you know, if things have surfaced, then...

-Yeah.

0:54:120:54:18

It gave me a chance to think a lot.

0:54:180:54:21

I tend to, like, not think.

0:54:210:54:24

I mean, I know we've had issues in our family and I suppose maybe you've felt,

0:54:240:54:29

you know, that you don't want to add to them.

0:54:290:54:31

But since you got cancer, I don't want to, like, don't want to do anything to bring that back.

0:54:310:54:36

I don't want to worry you.

0:54:360:54:38

It's quite nice to see her communicating.

0:54:380:54:42

It's very interesting that she said that, you know, about me being ill, which is quite touching, really.

0:54:420:54:49

I've been so intent on carrying on that I didn't realise she was worried about that.

0:54:490:54:57

So, yeah...

0:54:570:55:00

Hello. All right?

0:55:070:55:09

-Come in.

-How are you?

-I'm good.

0:55:120:55:15

So, are you a changed person now? Are you changed?

0:55:150:55:21

-In some respects.

-In what respects?

0:55:210:55:23

-I know what I'm going to do after school.

-What are you going to do?

0:55:230:55:25

Going to uni, get a degree and I'm going into big business.

0:55:250:55:29

After A-levels, I'm going back out to India for some work experience.

0:55:290:55:32

-Lovely.

-A couple of trophies and certificates.

0:55:320:55:34

Wow!

0:55:340:55:37

I mean, it's fantastic news to hear Peter say

0:55:380:55:41

that he is going to work hard to get the qualifications that he needs.

0:55:410:55:46

If only that comes out of it, then, you know, I'm deeply grateful.

0:55:460:55:50

-Thank you, darling.

-You're welcome.

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Two wayward British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world.

Sixteen-year-old public school drop out Peter Wrigley from Dorset, and 17-year-old party-loving Jocelyn Harris from Sussex, get new parents in Pune, a thriving city known as the Oxford of the East, three hours from Mumbai.

They must spend a week living under the strict rules of the Unnikrishnans, a modern Indian family who strive for excellence in everything they do. Dad Unni is the self-made CEO of a multinational company, while mum Madhu stays at home to look after their only child, 15-year-old Siddarth. The Unnikrishnans believe that getting a good education is the key to success in life, and the Brits attend one of the most sought-after schools in the country.

Over the week, the teenagers are strictly supervised as they get a taste of Indian life by doing charity work in the city slums and factory work at Unni's company.

Can the Unnikrishnans' intensely education-focused lifestyle impact on the British teens?


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