One of my teachers, Father Fritz, a devout Jesuit who taught English and cricket, told me that I should be a writer. My father, a hard-boiled businessman, scoffed at the idea, saying I would never make money, but would just hang around bars drinking. He wanted me to be a barrister but when I refused, he pushed me into engineering. I had no aptitude for engineering and trained as an accountant, becoming a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
But I had never given up my ambition of being a journalist and the moment I qualified I decided to turn to writing. I started on radio and over the years my journalism evolved, always combining sport with business reporting — using my accountancy background. In recent years, as sports moved from a cottage industry to a proper business, I have devoted all my time to writing about the sports industry. I also write on other issues such as India as well as economic, political, immigration and race issues.
My writing has allowed me to express myself over a wide range of issues, something I have always wanted to do. I like to write around subjects that I follow so I am interested in how sport fits into society today and I am fascinated by India’s involvement in the Second World War.
I was born in India but I moved to the UK as I was attracted to the more meritocratic society here. Having now spent most of my life in England, I am intrigued by how Indians and the English interact.