Harjinder Singh Kanwal - Eastleigh Secondary School Alumni Students, Nairobi, Kenya
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Harjinder Singh Kanwal (1956 - 1959)

After my early education at City Primary School, I joined the newly built Eastleigh Secondary School in 1956.

The 'Eastleigh air' took the wind out of me and I barely managed to scrape through Form 4. The sense of humour and mannerisms of Mr. Joe D'Souza, the grammatical correctness of Mr. Mendonca and learning from M/S Hashmi and Sharma that two plus two does not necessarily add up to four – all still lingers in my memory. The most lovable of all, Mr. Balwant Singh Shant was our PT master whose 'Roar' of 'Haraamzade' was worse than his bite!

I left school in 1959 and joined Barclays Bank where I worked for about 8 years after which I got a diploma in 'Watch Making' and started working for the 'Omega' company. After a couple of years I opened my own business in Regal Mansion, Government Road, which I closed in 1975 and immigrated to England. I bought another jewellery business in Coventry, which I shut down in 1983 and joined Abbey Life as an insurance agent. After 'convincing' other people I convinced myself that this cajoling was not for me and I left that job.

I retired in 1995 and since then I have written and edited quite a few books in Punjabi and English and am in the process of writing two books at the moment. I have my own web site; which keeps me quite busy. I have three children, one son and two daughters, all married and well settled.

- As of October 2006

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