I was born in Mombasa, Kenya in 1965 to parents from Mumbai, India. The family migrated to England in 1972. Although academically I could have continued studying I decided to leave school and home aged 18, the main reason being friction with my parents, who found it difficult to accept their Westernised son.
After doing a variety of jobs (greengrocer, cashier, supermarket manager, road surveyor, sales assistant and more) I found my dream job as a travel agent. I worked in the travel industry for over 15 years, starting as a reservations clerk, continuing to management and ending as head of training at a call centre in Hyderabad, India.
In 2008 I came to Germany with my partner for a long holiday, and later for family reasons I found myself living here in a nice village called Bad Nenndorf (I call it Good Nenndorf).
After working as head chef in a Mexican restaurant for seven years I decided to learn German properly at the local VHS. There I was asked if I would be interested in teaching English to adults. After sitting in on various English courses, I decided to try my hand at teaching … and after my first course I had a new dream job.
Teaching at VHS Hannover has also given me the chance to explore the city and enjoy its sights and history.
I find adult teaching very rewarding and the students inspire me to get out of bed with a spring in my step. I am happy to call Hannover my last port in life.