While growing up in India and you liked western pop music you always listened to Freddy Mercury first! he was the fellow indian who did not have anything Indian about him! Except for doing a part of his schooling in India he spent most of his life outside India! Freddy made me realize at an early age that there was a world out there away from the traditional restrictions of your indian upbringing and that if you wish you could break free and take that step to live the way you want to. Freddy did influence me to choose to marry a westerner and move abroad . But no indian i think, especially from those days had the audacity and courage to cross limits like Freddy did!