I was born in Nairobi to Indian immigrant parents who arrived Kenya in 1910, and started a successful family business selling soap, and later diversified to oil mill in Mombabsa.
My early education was at Ngara Primary and Secondary School before proceeding to India for University. I then returned to Kenya in 1956 where I worked at Prudential Assurance Co Ltd, and soon after, married my lovely wife who was also an immigrant from India. Together, we were blessed with two children.
Due to the Kenya Government Africanization policy at the time, I was made redundant in 1969 and was unable to acquire Kenyan citizenship. As a British passport holder, I applied for a settlement voucher under the quota system and relocated to the UK on 13th May 1970, where I soon found employment at the Guardian Royal Exchange as a Life Underwriter and subsequently as an Internal Auditor until my retirement in 1993.
I am passionate about serving and giving back to the community, and have joined the leadership of some local and international charitable organizations that share these same values. For example, the North London Community, Lions Club of Finchley, Lions Club International and Maisha Trust where I have raised funds for various projects that improve the livelihoods of the less advantaged in the community.
I joined the Kenya Society Committee in 1990’s because of the fond memories and special relationship I have with Kenya. Membership to the Society gives me the pleasure to reconnect and contribute to the wonderful people of my birthplace. I am an active member and have attended all events organized by the Society, and particularly involved with the annual Kenya High Commissioners Garden party where I provide the catering and hospitality service.
I take great pride and joy in my family, and pleased to see my children happily married and grandchildren flourishing in their respective areas of interest; one is reading Medicine at the University of Oxford. I still have my extended family in Kenya and do visit them annually.