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Anita Anand

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Anita Anand

Anita Anand ( AH-nand; born 1972) is a British-Indian radio and television presenter and journalist. Early life and education Anand was born in London, England, to Punjabi Sikh parents who migrated to India shortly after the partition of India and then, later, to the UK.[1] Her family, prior to the partition, originated from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in present-day Pakistan. Anand was privately educated at Bancroft's School in Woodford Green in Redbridge, east London.[2] Anand then entered King's College London in 1990, graduating with a BA in English in 1993. Broadcasting career After training as a journalist, Anand became European Head of News and Current Affairs for Zee TV, and one of the youngest TV news editors in Britain at the age of 25.[3] She presented the talk show The Big Debate and was political correspondent for Zee TV presenting the Raj Britannia series – 31 documentaries chronicling the political aspirations of the Asian community in the most marginal constituencies in 1997. Until October 2007,

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Russell Brand

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Russell Brand

Russell Edward Brand[3] (born 4 June 1975)[4] is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. After beginning his career as a stand-up comedian and later becoming an MTV presenter, Brand first achieved renown in 2004 as the host of Big Brother's Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian's, and the following year he landed a major role in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the film led to him starring in a spin off, the rock comedy Get Him to the Greek, alongside Jonah Hill in 2010. He also worked as a voice actor in the animated films Despicable Me in 2010, Hop in 2011, and Despicable Me 2 in 2013, and played the title character of the 2011 remake of the romantic comedy Arthur. In 2013, he released the successful stand-up special Messiah Complex. Since guest editing an edition of British political weekly New Statesman in 2013,[5] Brand has become known as a public activist and campaigner, and has spoken on a wide range of po

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Sheila Chandra

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Sheila Chandra

Sheila Chandra (born 14 March 1965) is a retired English pop singer of Indian descent. She is no longer able to perform, as the result of burning mouth syndrome, which she has had since 2010. Indian–Western pop fusion period Sheila Chandra was born in Waterloo, London, England.[1] She first came to public attention as an actress, playing Sudhamani Patel in the BBC school drama Grange Hill from 1979 to 1981.[2] As a teenager she formed the band Monsoon with Steve Coe (who became the band's producer) and bassist Martin Smith.[1] Monsoon created a fusion of Western and Indian pop styles. The band recorded its only album, Third Eye, in 1982 from which it had a hit single, "Ever So Lonely", which peaked at No. 12 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] Monsoon followed-up with the single "Shakti," which peaked at No. 41, but this was to be the band's final charting single.[1] The album also includes a cover of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", featuring the distinctive EBow guitar sound of Bill Nelson. Resenting pressur

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Sarvadaman Chowla

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Sarvadaman Chowla

Sarvadaman D. S. Chowla (22 October 1907 – 10 December 1995) was a British-born Indian American mathematician, specializing in number theory. Early life He was born in London, since his father, Gopal Chowla, a professor of mathematics in Lahore, was then studying in Cambridge. His family returned to India, where he received his masters degree in 1928 from the Government College in Lahore. In 1931 he received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge, where he studied under J. E. Littlewood. [1]:594 Career and awards Chowla then returned to India, where he taught at several universities, becoming head of mathematics at Government College in 1936.[1]:594 During the difficulties arising from the partition of India in 1947, he left for the United States.[2] There he visited the Institute for Advanced Study until the fall of 1949, then taught at the University of Kansas in Lawrence until moving to the University of Colorado in 1952.[1]:594 He moved to Penn State in 1963 as a research professor, where he r

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Preeti Desai

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Preeti Desai

Preeti Desai (Gujarati: પ્રીતિ દેસાઇ) (born 29 September 1981) is a British actress, model and former Miss Great Britain, of Gujarati Indian descent. She made history by becoming the first woman of Indian origin to win the title.[1] Born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England, to Hemlata (Niak) and Jitendra Desai, who have a pyrotechnics company. Her father is Gujarati Indian from Kenya, Africa and her mother, who is from Uganda, is from a Gujarati Indian family. Her younger sibling Anjlee Desai, is a singer, songwriter. Preeti made her acting debut with acclaimed film Shor in the City (2011) and was nominated for Best Lead Actress at South Asian Rising Star Film Awards in New York City in October 2012 presented by SAIFF and HBO. Desai is listed as the Times of India's 50 Most Desirable Women and People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2011.[2] Preeti resides between Los Angeles and London. Early life Preeti Desai was born and raised in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England.[3] Desai attende

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Krishna Dharma

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Krishna Dharma

Krishna Dharma born as Kenneth Anderson (born 1955 in London) is a British Hindu scholar and author.[1][2] Krishna Dharma is "the author of the world's most popular editions of India's great epics": the Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love, and Wisdom (1998) and the Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time (1999).[1][3] He is also a contributor to the press and a regular radio broadcaster.[1] Krishna Dharma Krishna Dharma was born as Kenneth Anderson in 1955 in London.[4] In his youth he served as a merchant navy officer.[3] In 1979 he joined ISKCON and converted to the monotheistic Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism.[4] Since the beginning of the 1980s, he has offered seminars and lectures on the Vedas and associated disciplines.[1] In 1986 he established the first ISKCON temple in Manchester, England, and served there as a temple president until 2001.[1] In 1989 he started in Manchester a "Hare Krishna Food for Life" programme, which has become the largest free food distribution

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Tanika Gupta

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Tanika Gupta

Tanika Gupta, MBE (Bengali: তানিকা গুপ্তা; born 1 December 1963) is an English playwright of Bengali descent. Apart from her work for the theatre, she has also written scripts for television and radio plays. Early life As a child, Gupta performed Tagore dance dramas with her parents. Her mother Gairika Gupta was an Indian classically trained dancer, and her father Tapan Gupta was a singer. She is also related to the Indian revolutionary Dinesh Gupta, whose brother was Tanika's grandfather.[1] After attending Mill Hill School[2] in London, Gupta graduated from Oxford University with a Modern History degree. After Oxford, her political commitment found expression in her work for an Asian women's refuge in Manchester. In 1988, she married David Archer an anti-poverty activist and ActionAid's current Head of Programme Development, whom she met at university. She and her husband then moved to London where Gupta was a community worker in Islington, writing in her spare time.[1] Career The Waiting Room (2000) w

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Krishnan Guru-Murthy

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Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Krishnan Guru-Murthy (born 5 April 1970) is a British journalist on Channel 4. He presents the Channel 4 News and the foreign affairs documentary series Unreported World.[1][2] His probing interview style has led to awkward moments in interviews with celebrities, including Quentin Tarantino and Robert Downey Jr. Early life and career Guru-Murthy's father, a consultant radiologist, worked in Blackburn and Burnley; the family lived in West Bradford, Lancashire, before moving to a 'gothic folly' with four acres of land in a village outside Burnley.[3][4] Guru-Murthy was educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn, which was independent at the time but is now a Free School, followed by Hertford College at the University of Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Guru-Murthy's career began in 1988 on BBC2's DEF II discussion programme Open to Question and the youth current affairs programme Reportage. While at Oxford University he presented BBC2's Asian current affairs program

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Amara Karan

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Amara Karan

Amara Karan (born 1984) is a British actress who made her film début as the love interest in Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. The film premièred at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Karan's second film role was as schoolgirl Peaches in the 2007 film St Trinian's.[1] She made her stage début in 2008 as Jessica in an RSC production of The Merchant of Venice and as Bianca in an RSC production of The Taming of the Shrew. With the latter, she made her West End debut at the Novello Theatre. In 2016, she co-starred on the HBO crime drama mini-series, The Night Of. Background Karan was born in Wimbledon, London in 1984 to Sri-Lankan Tamil parents who had immigrated to Britain from Zambia two years before she was born. She was brought up in Wimbledon and attended Wimbledon High School.[2] Karan went on to study at St Catherine's College, Oxford[3] and while there began acting in amateur plays including Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World at the Burton Taylor Theatre for which she received rave reviews[4]

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George Harrison

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George Harrison

George Harrison[nb 1] MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Sometimes called "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work.[2] Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group included "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something". Harrison's earliest musical influences included George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry were subsequent influences. By 1965, he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in Bob Dylan and the Byrds, and towards Indian c

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Lora Logic

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Lora Logic

Lora Logic (also spelt Laura Logic; born Susan Whitby c. 1960) is a British saxophonist and singer. She was briefly a member of the band X-Ray Spex, although she left that group by the time they recorded their first album, Germfree Adolescents, which nevertheless used her (uncredited) saxophone arrangements.[1] A year later she formed Essential Logic. This group recorded one self-titled EP, four singles and an album, Beat Rhythm News (Waddle Ya Play?). Logic was briefly also a member of Red Krayola, appearing on two singles and the album Kangaroo?. Her saxophone lent a unique quality to the bands she was in.[2] She also played on recordings by The Raincoats, The Stranglers, Kollaa Kestää and Swell Maps and, later, Boy George. During the recording of the second Essential Logic album the group broke up, and she finished the recording as a solo Lora Logic album, Pedigree Charm.[1] Along with X-Ray Spex bandmate Poly Styrene she left the music industry in the early 1980s to join the Hare Krishna religion. She sp

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John McLaughlin (musician)

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John McLaughlin (musician)

John McLaughlin (born 4 January 1942), also known as "Mahavishnu John", is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz, combined with elements of rock, Indian classical music, Western classical music, flamenco, and blues. He is one of the pioneering figures in fusion. After contributing to several key British groups of the early 1960s, McLaughlin made Extrapolation, his first album as a bandleader, in 1969. He then moved to the U.S., where he played with Tony Williams's group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his electric jazz-fusion albums In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner. His 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused electric jazz and rock with Indian influences. McLaughlin's solo on "Miles Beyond" from his album Live at Ronnie Scott's won the 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo.[1] He has been awarded multiple "Guitarist of the Year" and

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M.I.A. (rapper)

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M.I.A. (rapper)

Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam[1] MBE (born 18 July 1975), better known as M.I.A., is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, visual artist, and activist. Her stage name is wordplay on her name as well as a reference to the military term "missing in action". Her work combines elements of alternative, dance, electronic, hip hop, and world music. M.I.A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker, and designer in West London before beginning her recording career in 2002. She was one of the first acts to come to public attention through the Internet, posting her songs and videos on platforms such as MySpace. She rose to prominence in early 2004 for her singles "Sunshowers" and "Galang", and released her debut album Arular in 2005 and her second album Kala in 2007, both to critical acclaim. Kala was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US. The single "Paper Planes" reached number four in the US and has sold over four million copies. M.I.A.'s third album Maya was released

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Crispian Mills

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Crispian Mills

Crispian Mills (born 18 January 1973 as Crispian John David Boulting; spiritual name Krishna Kantha Das) is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and film director. Active since 1988, Mills is best known as the frontman of the psychedelic indie rock band Kula Shaker. Following the band's break-up in 1999, he remained with Columbia Records (a subsidiary of Sony BMG), and toured with a set of session musicians (including a support slot for Robbie Williams) under the name Pi, although no official studio recordings were released in full. After the label rejected the Pi album, Mills disappeared for a short time, returning in 2002 as frontman and lead guitarist for back-to-basics rock outfit The Jeevas, who disbanded in 2005 to make way for a reformed Kula Shaker, who released their third album Strangefolk in 2007. 2010 he released the album Pilgrims Progress with Kula Shaker. In 2017 the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of their album K with the release of the new record K 2.0. Mills joined the band for a s

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Shefali Oza

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Shefali Oza

Shefali Oza (born 24 September 1967) is a British - Indian TV personality and the main weather presenter on BBC Birmingham's Midlands Today, the regional news programme broadcast in the Midlands of England, but also carries out some news presentation work. She began her career with the team as Midlands Today's first ever weather presenter in January 1993. Career Oza is said to have been "discovered at an audition day" which had been organised by the BBC's Multi-Cultural Programmes Unit, who were actually in search of new faces for Network East. Oza was one of the first frequent Asian faces on television in the region. Since joining Midlands Today in 1993 her role has included producing weather-related news and community features. One of her reports was as a result of becoming the first female civilian to spend a week on the Royal Navy submarine HMS Splendid. She was awarded an Honorary Masters from University College Worcester in recognition of her achievements in broadcasting. Along with weather reportin

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Dev Patel

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Dev Patel

Dev Patel ([1] born 23 April 1990) is an English actor, residing in Los Angeles.[2] Born and raised in London by Indian parents,[3] Patel made his screen debut as Anwar Kharral in the first two seasons of the British television teen drama Skins (2007–2008), landing the role with no prior professional acting experience.[4] His breakthrough came in 2008 with the leading role of Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's drama Slumdog Millionaire, for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Patel went on to star in the commercially successful romantic comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and its 2015 sequel, the science fiction film Chappie (2015), and the HBO drama series The Newsroom (2012–2014). In 2015, Patel starred as the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in the biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity, and the following year he played Saroo Brierley in the drama Lion (2016). For the latter, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting A

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Samit Patel

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Samit Patel

Samit Rohit Patel (born 30 November 1984) is an English cricketer. A right-handed batsman and a slow left-arm bowler, he plays first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Patel made his One Day International debut for England in August 2008, however was later dropped from the side after failing to meet fitness levels. After an absence of 2 and a half years, he returned to the ODI side in 2011 and made his Twenty20 International debut, before becoming the 651st player to represent England at Test cricket by winning his first cap on the tour of Sri Lanka in 2012. Early and personal life Samit Patel was born in Leicester on 30 November 1984,[1][2] to Rohit and Sejal. His parents originated from Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, where he has relatives.[1] Patel's brother Akhil (b. 1990) has also played for Nottinghamshire, making his debut in 2009. Patel was educated at Eastwood Comprehensive School but later studied at Worksop College in north Nottinghamshire where he was a member of the 1st XI crick

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Jasvinder Sanghera

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Jasvinder Sanghera

Jasvinder Sanghera, CBE (born September 1965)[2][3] is a campaigner for those experiencing forced marriages and "honour based" abuse. Awarded Honorary Doctor of Law,De Montfort University Leicester 2019 Biography Jasvinder Sanghera was born and brought up in Derby, England. As a teenager she refused a forced marriage and ran away from home. Her sisters all had marriages arranged by family, some as young as 15, being physically and psychologically abused. In 1993, Sanghera founded Karma Nirvana, a national award-winning charity that supports both men and women affected by honour-based abuse and forced marriages. Jasvinder established the first UK helpline to support victims, survivors and professionals supporting those affected by forced marriages and honour crimes. Jasvinder successfully lobbied parliament to fund the helpline which remains funded by UK Home Office. The helpline has received over 78,000 calls for support since its inception. Jasvinder campaigned for all UK police forces to be inspected for

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Pooja Shah

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Pooja Shah

Pooja Ashwin Shah (born 8 August 1979 in London, England) is a British actress, filmmaker and model[2] of Kenyan-Asian descent. She is known for her role as Kareena Ferreira in the popular UK soap opera EastEnders. Shah works with her husband directing and writing short films and has won three film awards for them. Life and career Personal life Pooja Shah's grandparents migrated to Kenya from Gujarat in Western India and so her ancestral roots are there.[3] Shah has trained as an Indian classical dancer. She attended the University of Brighton, graduating in 2001 with a BA Hons Degree in Theatre with Visual Practice.[3] She married her husband Will Middleton in 2014. He is a director of photography.[4] They have two children. Career Shah began her acting career in the theatre and went on to play the lead role of Mary Magdalene in a small budget film named Jesus the Curry King. The film was produced by the Aylesbury Film Company and was one of the first digital films to be shown in cinemas in the UK.[5]

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Bindya Solanki

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Bindya Solanki

Bindya Solanki (born 24 May 1974) is a British actress. Solanki comes from Southend on Sea, the seaside town in Essex. Her parents are of Gujarati descent and emigrated to England in the 1960s. She attended Brunel University and graduated in 1995 with a BA (hons) degree in drama. She made her television debut in the ITV children's programme My Parents Are Aliens in 1999, playing a teacher. She went on to have roles in the BBC drama Sweet Revenge and she also played Nima Shah in Sky One's Dream Team in 2001. She is best known for playing the role of Nita Mistry in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders (2001–2003). Solanki's character was introduced as a love interest to Dean Gaffney's character, Robbie Jackson. She remained in the role for two years, but was axed along with Gaffney in 2003. In a press report executive-producer Louise Berridge commented "Dean and Bindya have contributed an enormous amount to the programme..However, we feel that the characters have reached the end of their natural course in the

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James Ramsbotham, 2nd Viscount Soulbury

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James Ramsbotham, 2nd Viscount Soulbury

James Herwald Ramsbotham, 2nd Viscount Soulbury (21 March 1915 – 12 December 2004) was the elder son of the Rt Hon Herwald Ramsbotham, 1st Viscount Soulbury, British Conservative politician. Army and marriage At the outbreak of World War II he signed up with the REME, rapidly mastering the professional techniques, meanwhile continuing his work with groups in England. He married Anthea Margaret Wilton on 5 April 1949 (she died 26 June 1950). Life in Sri Lanka From the late 1950s he lived in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), where his father had been Governor-General, as a Hindu yogi under the name Santhaswami. Although he ran the Sivathondan Nilayam at Chenkalady in Batticaloa, he also spent much time amongst the Veddas, aboriginal tribal peoples. He used to go off for long periods to their strongholds deep in the jungles and forests. Inevitably one newspaper or another would "scoop" the story of his death. He would subsequently emerge again from one of these forays, wondering what all the fuss was about.[1] He then mov

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Meera Syal

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Meera Syal

Meera Syal CBE (born Feroza Syal; 27 June 1961) is an English comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and portraying Sanjeev's grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42. She became one of the UK's best-known Asian personalities. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1997 New Year Honours and in 2003 was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.[2][3] She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama and literature.[4][5] Early life Syal was born in Wolverhampton and grew up in Essington, Staffordshire, a mining village a few miles to the north. Her Punjab-born parents, Surinder Syal (father) and Surinder Uppal (mother), came to the United Kingdom from New Delhi. Her father was Khatri, and her mother was Jat.[6] When she was young, the family moved to Bloxwich, north

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John Woodroffe

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John Woodroffe

Sir John George Woodroffe (15 December 1865 – 16 January 1936), also known by his pseudonym Arthur Avalon, was a British Orientalist whose extensive and complex published works on the Tantras, and other Hindu traditions, stimulated a wide-ranging interest in Hindu philosophy and yoga.[3] Life Woodroffe was the eldest son of James Tisdall Woodroffe and his wife Florence, daughter of James Hume. James Woodroffe was Advocate-General of Bengal and Legal Member of the Government of India, a Justice of the Peace, and a Knight of St. Gregory. John was educated at Woburn Park School and the University College, Oxford, where he took second classes in jurisprudence and the Bachelor of Civil Law examinations. He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1889, and in the following year was enrolled as an advocate of the Calcutta High Court. He was soon made a Fellow of the Calcutta University and appointed Tagore Law Professor. He collaborated with Ameer Ali in a widely used textbook, Civil Procedure in British Indi

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Archie Panjabi

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Archie Panjabi

Archana "Archie" Panjabi (born 31 May 1972) is an English actress, best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife. Her portrayal earned her a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010 and an NAACP Image Award in 2012, as well as two further Emmy nominations, one Golden Globe nomination, and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations shared with the cast. Additional notable roles include Meenah Khan in East is East (1999), Pinky Bhamra in Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Yasmin Husseini in Yasmin (2005), and Asra Nomani in A Mighty Heart (2007). Early life Panjabi was born in Edgware, London[1] to Govind and Padma Panjabi, both Sindhi Hindu immigrants from India. Her ancestry belongs to Sindh, now in Pakistan; her parents settled in India after the Partition of India.[2][3][4] She graduated from Brunel University with a degree in management studies in 1994.[5][6][7] She is also classically trained in ballet.[7] Panjabi won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for playingKalinda

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Shrien Dewani

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Shrien Dewani

Anni Ninna Dewani (née Hindocha; 12 March 1982 – 13 November 2010) was a Swedish woman of Indian origin who was murdered while on her honeymoon in South Africa after the taxi in which she and her husband were travelling was hijacked. Arrests were made in the days following the crime; hijackers Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni, and hotel receptionist Monde Mbolombo admitted to their involvement in an unintentionally fatal robbery and kidnapping.[1] Facing life in prison, Qwabe and Mbolombo later changed their stories to allege the crime had been a premeditated murder for hire at the behest of Anni's husband Shrien Dewani. Taxi driver Zola Tongo initially claimed to be an innocent victim of the incident but, faced with the weight of evidence implicating him in the crime and in the wake of his fellow conspirators' allegations of a "murder for hire" plot, he too changed his story to allege the husband was the instigator.[2] Attractive plea bargains were offered to the conspirators in exchange for future testi

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Anjum Anand

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Anjum Anand

Anjum Anand (born 15 August 1971) is a British food writer and TV chef of Indian cuisine. Biography Anjum Anand grew up in London but has also lived and studied in Geneva, Paris, and Madrid.[1][2][3] She speaks French and Spanish, holds a degree in European business administration from the European Business School London, and for a period ran a business importing flat-pack furniture from eastern Europe.[3][4] She has worked in the kitchens of hotel restaurants including at Café Spice in New York, as a waitress in Park Royal Hotel in New Delhi, and for Tommy Tang at Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles.[1][5] Her perspective on adapting healthy meals from a traditionally rich Indian diet came from personal experience of weight problems while growing up. Her diet consists of varied traditional dishes, recreated with wholesome ingredients and limited oil.[5] At age 25 her first book Indian Every Day: Light Healthy Indian Food was published.[1] Anand became a regular guest on UKTV Food's Great Food Live from 2004 to

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Abu Rumaysah

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Abu Rumaysah

Abu Rumaysah al-Britani (born 24 June 1983), born Siddhartha Dhar, is a Bengali origin British Citizen turned Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant and Jihadi. A Muslim convert from Hinduism, he belonged to a Bengali family of expatriates from India. In January 2016, he was named as the narrator in a film issued by ISIL that showed the execution of suspected spies against the regime.[2][3] Abu Rumaysah has been designated as a global terrorist by the United States.[4] Dhar was born in London to a Bangla-speaking Hindu family of Indian extraction and changed his name to Abu Rumaysah after his conversion to Islam.[5][6] He is believed to be in his early 30s as of 2016.[7] He acted as a spokesperson for the Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun, an organisation banned in the UK, and worked as an aide to Al-Muhajiroun's co-founder, Anjem Choudary.[8] Dhar also owned a bouncy castle rental company.[7] He lived in Walthamstow. He used social media to promote his radical Islamist views and attended demonstrat

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Priti Patel

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Priti Patel

Priti Sushil Patel[2] (born 29 March 1972) is a British politician who has served as Secretary of State for the Home Department since 2019 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Witham since 2010. She served as Secretary of State for International Development from 2016 to 2017. A member of the Conservative Party, she is ideologically positioned on the party's right wing and considers herself to be a Thatcherite. Patel was born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family. She was educated at Keele University and the University of Essex. Inspired to get involved in politics by Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she was initially involved with the Referendum Party before switching allegiance to the Conservatives. She worked for the public-relations consultancy firm Weber Shandwick for several years, as part of which she lobbied for the tobacco and alcohol industries. Intending to switch to a political career, she unsuccessfully contested Nottingham North at the 2005 general election. After David Cameron bec

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Nifa and Nishan Hindes

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Nifa and Nishan Hindes

Nifa and Nishan Hindes (born 7 August 1979 in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom) are British identical twin models, born to an English father and an Indian-Fijian mother. They have been featured on the cover of Asian Women magazine, in Top Model magazine, in People magazine (including being listed on their "50 most beautiful people" in 1998), and in FHM as "100 Sexiest Women in the World" in 2003 as #92, and as Foster's Pitgirls, for Grand Prix motor racing. They have had television appearances on shows such as Sex & Chocolate and The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, as well as in the television movie Homer's The Odyssey. They were also cast in a small roles in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, as the twin twi'lek slaves of the pod racer, Sebulba. They are both 5' 11", with 34-25-35 measurements, and represented by Storm Models modelling agency. References Fashion Model Directory: Hindes Nifa Hindes on IMDb Nishan Hindes on IMDb External links Nifa Hindes at Fashion M

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Romesh Ranganathan

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Romesh Ranganathan

Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan[3] (born 27 March 1978)[4][5][6] is a British stand-up comedian and actor. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.[7] He has made numerous appearances on comedy panel shows, and in 2016 he co-presented It's Not Rocket Science on ITV, alongside Rachel Riley and Ben Miller.[8] He is known for his deadpan comedy.[9] Formerly, he was a regular panellist on The Apprentice: You're Fired!, Play to the Whistle, and The Museum of Curiosity. In 2016, he completed his first major tour, Irrational Live, in which he performed in large venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo. Ranganathan also joined A League of Their Own as a regular panellist in 2018, replacing Jack Whitehall. He has presented comedy programmes Judge Romesh and The Ranganation. His autobiography is entitled, Straight Outta Crawley. Career Ranganathan started performing as a comedian whilst working as a mathematics teacher at Hazelwick School in Crawley, and The Beacon School, Banstead, Surrey.[1

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Poly Styrene

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Poly Styrene

Marianne Joan Elliott-Said (3 July 1957 – 25 April 2011),[1][2] known by the stage name Poly Styrene, was a British musician, singer-songwriter, and frontwoman for the punk rock band X-Ray Spex. Early life Styrene was born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said in 1957 in Bromley, Kent, England, and raised in Brixton, London.[3] Her mother, who raised her alone, was a Scottish-Irish legal secretary.[4] Her father was a Somali-born dock worker,[5] although Poly Styrene used to tell the press that he was a dispossessed Somali aristocrat.[6][7] As a teenager, Styrene was a hippie. At age 15, she ran away from home with £3 in her pocket, and hitchhiked from one music festival to another, staying at hippie crash pads. Thinking of this as a challenge to survive, her adventure ended when she stepped on a rusty nail while bathing in a stream and had to be treated for septicaemia.[4] Having been, 'an itinerant traveller, alternative fashion designer and a failed pop-reggae singer',[8] after seeing the Sex Pistols performance

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Nitin Palan

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Nitin Palan

Nitin Palan Nitin Palan MBE,[1][2] also known as Nick Palan is a businessman, philanthropist and a community relations campaigner. Palan founded the Golden Tours [3]company in 1984 which is a London based open top bus operator and coach tour operator. Overview Palan went on to set up a charitable trust, the Palan Foundation (formerly known as the Golden Tours Foundation)[4] which supports social development projects in education, interfaith and heritage. The Foundation has donated over £2 million[5] in good causes in the last four years. Some of his projects include the founding of Diwali in London[6] Festival in Trafalgar Square attracting over 30,000 people every year[7]. He has supported causes such as the Queen’s Household Division Charities for serving and retired guardsmen and their families; The Prince's Charities through British Asian Trust to fund education and Variety[8], the children’s charity where they provide their tourist buses to hundreds of disabled people to see the sights of London.  

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Bhavna Limbachia

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Bhavna Limbachia

Bhavna Jayanty Limbachia (born 21 April 1984) is a British television actress and comedian. She is mainly known for her roles as Alia Khan in Citizen Khan[4] and Rana Habeeb in Coronation Street.[5] Career Limbachia studied photography, fashion and textiles at college, then moved onto a degree course in Costume Design at Bretton Hall, an affiliate college of the University of Leeds.[6][7] Before her acting roles, she worked in the costume departments on several film sets including Chicken Tikka Masala in (2005), Bradford Riots in 2006 (costume trainee) and All Day Breakfast in 2008. In 2010 she set up her own business designing and selling vintage clothing and accessories.[8] She took an office with Trading Standards and saved up money to do an acting course at the Manchester School of Acting, landing her first role in theatre in the play Rafta Rafta, written by Ayub Khan Din who also wrote East Is East.[9] Her first television role was in 2012 playing the character Alia Khan in the BBC comedy series Cit

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Usha Prashar, Baroness Prashar

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Usha Prashar, Baroness Prashar

Usha Kumari Prashar, Baroness Prashar, CBE, PC (born 29 June 1948) is a crossbench member of the House of Lords. Since the 1970s, she has served as a director or chair of a variety of public and private sector organisations. She became the first chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission upon its creation in April 2006. Early life and education Born in Kenya, she came to Yorkshire with her father Naurhia Lal Prashar and family in the 1960s. She was educated at the independent Wakefield Girls' High School, becoming head girl in 1967. Prashar read Politics at Leeds University, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, after which she undertook postgraduate studies in Social Administration at the University of Glasgow. Career Private Sector Baroness Prashar was a non-executive director of Channel Four Television Corporation from 1992 to 1999, of UNITE Group plc from 2001 to 2004, and became a non-executive director of ITV plc in February 2005. Public Sector Baroness Prashar was executive chair

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Raj Persaud

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Raj Persaud

Rajendra 'Raj' Persaud (born 13 May 1963) is an English consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster and author of books about psychiatry. He is known for raising public awareness of psychiatric and mental health issues in the general media, has published five books and received numerous awards. In October 2008, Persaud resigned from his position as consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, following a three-month suspension by the General Medical Council for dishonesty in plagiarising other sources in his book From the Edge of the Couch.[1] Early life and academic career Persaud is the son of Trinidad-born author Lakshmi Persaud and Professor Bishnodat Persaud. He was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and at University College London, where he read for his degrees in medicine and psychology. In his first year at UCL he had to re-sit the examinations in anatomy, which he attributed later to availing himself too freely of the other educational opportunities there.[2]

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Dhruv Patel (politician)

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Dhruv Patel (politician)

Dhruv Patel OBE is a British businessman, community organiser and politician. Career Patel has been elected to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation since 2013[1] and was appointed chair of the community and children's services in 2015.[2] In 2019, he became the first Indian origin chairman of the City Bridge Trust which is London's largest independent grant making charity.[3][4] Prior to working as a councillor he was an executive at Barclays Capital.[5] He is the founder of the City Hindus Network, an organisation in the City of London representing 3,000+ Hindu professionals.[6] Patel organised the first celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London in 2015.[7] Awards and recognition In the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours, Patel was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the British Hindu community and promoting social cohesion.[8][9] Personal life He is married to Anita Patel an

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George Harrison (Lord Provost)

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George Harrison (Lord Provost)

Monumental arch, Observatory Road Monument at the foot of the road leading to Edinburgh University's observatory and the Blackford Hill. Erected in 1888 to commemorate 'the work and character' of George Harrison MP 'whose life was devoted to the public good' Sir George Harrison (1811 – 23 December 1885) was Lord Provost of Edinburgh and a Liberal politician. Life Harrison was a merchant of Edinburgh. He established the firm of Harrisons of Edinburgh in 1863.[1] He was Lord Provost of the city for 1882 to 1885 and was responsible for the acquisition of Blackford Hill by the Corporation of Edinburgh. He was also particularly interested in education. His contributions to social life included providing the land for the Whitehouse and Grange Bowling club in 1872[2] and acting as president of the Edinburgh Chess Club from 1884 to 1885.[3] In 1885 Harrison was elected Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South. However he died at the age of 74 within 5 days of the election's closure (18 December), and never took

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Rishi Sunak

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Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak (born 12 May 1980) is a British politician serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer since February 2020. He was appointed Chancellor by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, following the resignation of Sajid Javid during a Cabinet reshuffle in 2020. He previously served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Javid from July 2019 to February 2020, and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond (Yorks) since the 2015 general election. Born in Southampton, Hampshire to an Indian Punjabi family, his early education was at Winchester College. Sunak subsequently studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Lincoln College, Oxford, and later gained an MBA from Stanford University as a Fulbright scholar. After graduating, Sunak worked for major investment bank Goldman Sachs, and later as a Partner at the hedge fund management firm The Children's Investment Fund Management. Early life and education Sunak was born on 12 May 1980 in Southampton, Hampshire[1] to Yashvir and Usha Sunak.[2][3]

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