The following 11 questions are asked by Bikram
1. What is it that you love to do, most, and would rather spend your time doing it?
Spending time with my wife and kids is my number one priority, above everything else, however I am fortunate to be able to have this flexibility. So aside from that, I love writing and would like to allocate more time to developing that side.
2.What do you think others think of you?
My wife and kids: Loving and always there
My mum and siblings: A person of principles yet at times liberal enough to understand the changes that are happening around us.
My friends: Trust worthy, always smiling, accommodating
My Work: Hard working, honest and diplomatic
My U9’s football team: Works them too hard but always ensures they have fun first.
3.Where do you see yourself end the next 10 years.
In a position where I can continue to provide a solid platform for my kids’ next journey through life, continue to be a good partner for my wife. Heavily involved in writing and publishing my work and ensuring I am well on the way to contributing back into the Community.
4. What is one quality of yours you admire the most.
If there is injustice, I will back you to the hill, even if it kills me!
5. Have you played a trick on someone that went bad, What is it.
Like everything, playing tricks was a part of growing up. This may sound arrogant, but the very few tricks I did play never went wrong, I am a meticulous planner.
6.Who would you say made you who you are today (other than your parents, if that is what you would answer )
Other then my parents? My two cousins in London who are brothers and following the death of my father 19yrs ago, have always watched over me like hawks, guiding me and making endless journey’s to ensure I didn’t lose focus. They are also the main reason behind my “Sikhi Saroop” and my devotion to my faith.
7. What gives you joy?
When I park up in the drive, both my boys pop their heads in the front window and before I can reach the front door, they rush to open it and cuddle me tight – best feeling in the world and it’s all mine.
8.Who is your favourite hero and Why.
My wife. Before I got married, I was still very much a “closed book” person, not so trusting because of the exposure to family politics at such a young age. My wife “re-shaped” me entirely, taught me compassion, love but also to remain strong. She will always continue to be my hero!
9.Why do you blog.
I love writing. Full Stop! I don’t rant, I don’t want to rant, life is too short to rant, just get on with it. The joy I get from writing is unexplainable, however the double-joy I get when someone reads your post and finds it interesting enough to comment, is even more wonderful.
10. Do you believe in love stories , if yes why
Growing old with the person you love, sharing every little detail, isn’t that a love story that can be shared with generations to come? If so, then Yes.
11. Tell us an incident that you remember always.
In 1993 I travelled to India with my mum to spread my father’s ashes. While in India, we decided to visit Hemkunt Sahib and my mum’s family kindly put all the arrangements in place for this. It was a long drive from Delhi and to get to Hemkunt Sahib to visit the Gurdwara, you had to stop at various checkpoints to rest and spend the night. When we reached our second checkpoint during the evening, we didn’t quite like the accommodation so decided to press on to a nearby hotel. Now we were travelling late at night and there were no lights along this rocky path to the hotel. Suddenly, our 7 seater van decided to stop on us and we come to a halt near a bend on the dark rocky path, there was barely enough space for two vehicles to pass. It’s pitch black and we have no torch to shine under the bonnet to see what the problem is. At this point I am not that worried, being that I am 16 yrs of age and finding the situation very exciting. On the other hand, the remaining five members of my family are panicking because it’s dark, we are in the middle of nowhere and not even in a position to walk as we would know where we would be going. My mum then starts reciting the Japji Sahib and I kid you not, from out of no where we hear a noise and it’s a chap on a scooter coming in our direction. He very kindly shines his headlight onto the engine and our driver manages to sort out the problem and start up the van. The chap on the scooter backs away and before we can Thank him, he has vanished, no trace of the tail light of a scooter or the sound of him venturing over the rocky path. To this day I find it very difficult to explain the situation however I know someone somewhere was listening, watching, in our hearts we so wanted to complete this pilgrimage of Hemkunt Sahib and I always feel that no power in the world could have ever stopped us.