A resident of western Punjab, Mahinder Singh has moved to Britain after he ate fish and chips at a local London pub while on a holiday. He found the dish to be so compelling and different from the way Indian Cafe’s serve it, that he decided to get a visa and move there as soon as he could. In an exclusive interview with Ji News, Mahinder has shared his journey from Punjab to London.
The first question I asked Mahinder was how he would sustain himself in Britain, he said, “That comes later, first I want my fish and chips.” “I just can’t get enough, Paranthas suck.”
Mahinder was an aspiring Uber driver in India, and used to live off his father’s land near Jalandhar. His mother said that he has been a fan of fish since childhood, so she would cook him a lot of the dishes’ Amritsari version. “I did not like Uhm-ritsari fish since it wasn’t western enough. It just wasn’t cool,” said Mahinder. He says he has grown up with Western Cinema and literature, and read books such as Shakesbeer’s famous novel, “Beer in Mugga – Chug it while you can.”
Mahinder was home schooled, a very rare practice in Punjab, just like financial independence among millennials. His father described him as an “ecstatic, distracted and impulsive” child. “Mahinder was born impulsive, he was a premature baby, couldn’t wait to be born!”
“I knew one day the Western World would call me, I just didn’t know it would be like this. I had to waste my parent’s money someday, now was the right time. It just felt it was the right time,” said an emotional Mahinder, wiping tears from the corner of his eyes.
We wish Mahinder all the best for his stay in London. Watch out for our documentary that captures his life, moment by moment in the city of London, next week. We have too much money for a media organisation, so we document what we want to, when we want to and how we want to.
[Note: Mahinder requested to spell Amritsar as can be seen in the quotes, it is not the authors or Ji New’s responsibility. We are not accountable for anything that is published under our name.]