His father is of Gujarati Indian descent, while his mother is of Russian-Jewish descent.
Poetic flights apart, the reality is somewhat more sobering.
The number of marriages between Russians and Indians has never been particularly high, but it has always remained stable.
Even back in the Soviet times, when there was a ban on marrying foreigners, the attitude towards marrying an Indian, as a citizen of a friendly state, was positive.
Although Arbatova only talks about Indian grooms, many in Russia pitch for Russian women as ideal wives.
“Russian women remain a dream and a lure, an infallible investment for overseas entrepreneurs, an invaluable export item and a major tourist attraction,” gushes Svetlana Kolchik, deputy editor-in-chief of the Marie Claire journal in Russia.
She has been married to an Indian for several years.
“In many ways, he is stronger than me on the inside.
“In terms of character, there isn’t anyone in the world closer to us than the Indians.
They are just as open, lazy and dreamy.”The demographic crisis in Russia and the badly skewed sex ratio –- there are more women in Russia than men -- have lent her pet idea about importing grooms from India added credibility.
It's part of our feminine mystique: we play it weak knowing we are perfectly capable.
We encourage men to carry our bags, bring us flowers, fix our cars and even run the country.”Actor Ben Kingsley (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji), the recipient of an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award, was born in England.