Known to my friends as “Klick” I was born in Hyderabad, in Central India.
I grew up in the leafy, cool surroundings of Ooty, a popular hill-station in the Nilgiri hills of Southern India.
After finishing at Breeks Memorial School I studied for a Science Degree in Bombay and then graduated from the University of Madras.
I started my working life as a Tea Planter in the Nilgiris and then became a Salesman with Needle Industries, in which capacity I travelled widely throughout India.
My father had been a prominent Freemason and I soon followed in his footsteps by joining his Faith Hope and Charity Lodge in 1973 and thereafter Excelsior Chapter in 1975.
Having heard at my mother’s knee exotic stories of life in England I emigrated with my young family to the UK in 1976.
I met my wife Sandy in 1982. We have been happily married for nearly 35 years now.
Masonically speaking I had been “in the wilderness” for 24 years but missed my Freemasonry.
I joined the Croydon Lodge of Achievement in 2000, was installed as its Master in 2007 and am now its Secretary.
I have also just completed my term in the chair of Croydon Commemoration Chapter which I joined in 2004.
As a hobby I am a keen bowler and current President of the Surrey Masonic Bowling Association.
I have to say that after my family Freemasonry comes out top of my list of things I value in life – it has taught me so much and whilst I believe I often fall well-short, I strive to live my life according to its principles of kindness, charity and integrity.
I do believe that freemasonry has changed my life for the better.
Of course, meeting and marrying Sandy was pivotal in my life but I have to say that ‘Freemasonry re-discovered’, in my case, gave fresh meaning and direction to my life.