by Hugh Muir, The Guardian

Some drift towards their destiny. For others, it all hinges on a single moment. It was like that for me, says Mihir Bose. Now 64, he travelled to Britain from India to study more than 40 years ago and has since moved back and forth, exploiting his status as a returning resident. It seemed the ideal arrangement for a young man pulled between dreams of making a name for himself here and a hugely privileged, less romantic lifestyle in India. And it was ideal, until an immigration officer at Heathrow said: “If you want to live here, live here.” “I had to decide; do I go back to India and continue as an accountant and give up being a writer, or stay? I thought if I went back, I would always kick myself.” So he stayed, to the annoyance of his father, an industrialist who envisaged a life for his son more lucrative than journalism…

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This article relates to Mihir’s performance ‘The heartache we must endure’ with Lola Perrin, with Y Yadavan on 21st May 2011 at the Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA. Click here to book tickets, or enter the competition to win 2 tickets to this one-night-only event.


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