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Suresh Kumar’s “Follow that Dream” Book Launch: An Unforgettable Evening

Article: On a magnificent summer evening, against the backdrop of the illustrious House of Commons, a gathering of 125 esteemed guests convened to celebrate the book launch of Suresh Kumar’s “Follow that Dream.” The event witnessed resounding success, leading to a prestigious invitation from the Indian High Commission for a subsequent book launch at the Nehru Centre in Mayfair, London on Wednesday, 12th July 2023.

The esteemed guest of honour for both occasions was none other than Lord Jeffrey Archer, a highly accomplished and renowned author, best known for his multi-million-selling novel “Kane and Abel.”

“Follow that Dream” narrates the compelling story of Suresh Kumar’s parents, their lives in India, and their journey to Great Britain, where they began anew. Suresh then delves into his own early life, recounting the struggles and challenges he faced while growing up in a culturally diverse world distinct from that of his parents.

The event welcomed numerous dignitaries, friends, and supporters of the author. Among them were Lord Rami Ranger, Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East, Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing Southall, Cllr Keith Prince of the London Assembly for Redbridge & Havering, Cllr Anjana Patel, Neeraj Arora, UK Head of Sony TV, Chief Superintendent Carl Lindley of the Metropolitan Police Service, and Dr Honey Kalaria, the UK’s Bollywood Ambassador, among others. The gathering was filled with amusing anecdotes and personal stories from those who had their own experiences with the author and resonated with the challenges portrayed in the book.

During the event, Lord Archer shared insights into the time and dedication required to write a book. All attendees extended their wishes for the author’s success with this venture and eagerly inquired about plans for future books. Suresh revealed that a sequel is already in the works.

Expressing his honor at conducting the book launch at the esteemed House of Commons, Lord Jeffrey Archer praised Suresh Kumar as a dynamic individual and a true friend, emphasising their 23-year-long acquaintance. Lord Archer also acknowledged that it was the Conservative Party that provided the opportunity for Rishi Sunak to become the first Prime Minister of Indian origin in the United Kingdom.

Concluding the event, Lord Archer remarked, “Writing a book is no easy feat, but everyone has a story within them.” Lord Rami Ranger applauded Suresh’s tireless work in politics, advocating for increased accessibility for ethnic communities. Bob Blackman MP highlighted the vibrant Indian community in his Harrow East constituency, sharing their stories of humble beginnings, hard work, and aspirations for a better future for their families.

Dr Honey Kalaria, the Bollywood Ambassador UK, celebrated her longstanding association with Suresh, spanning over 30 years. They have collaborated on numerous community fundraising events and high-profile concerts, earning accolades such as winning the first prize of £15,000 at the London New Year’s Day Parade, which reaches a global television audience of over 500 million. Dr. Kalaria commended Suresh for his unwavering support and commitment to worthwhile causes, providing platforms for young talent and contributing to art and culture.

Cllr Keith Prince, a member of the London Assembly for Redbridge & Havering, reminisced about his and Suresh’s early days in Redbridge politics over two decades ago. Their shared focus was to tirelessly and wholeheartedly make Redbridge a better place for its residents.

Chief Superintendent Carl Lindley of the Metropolitan Police expressed his delight in collaborating with Suresh during his tenure as a Community Police Officer in Redbridge, working together on various community welfare projects to promote multicultural understanding.

Bali Brahmbhatt, a celebrity radio personality from Lyca Gold Radio, marveled at the grandeur of the Palace of Westminster and expressed his joy at attending the book launch. He praised Suresh Kumar’s deserving success, highlighting his unwavering honesty, determination, and willingness to assist others in life. According to Brahmbhatt, Suresh Kumar has truly followed his dreams and reached new heights.

Other special guests, supporters, and audience members included Cllr Anjana Patel of Harrow, who spoke highly of Suresh Kumar’s advice, support, and encouragement throughout her journey, and Virendra Sharma MP for Southall Ealing, who has known Suresh and his family for many years and shared his own experiences of coming and settling in the UK from Punjab, India.

Neeraj Arora, UK Head of Sony TV, reflected on his professional journey in media and broadcasting, recalling his early days in the UK after moving from Allahabad, India. Navin Kundra, a singing sensation, expressed his excitement at being invited to the event, predicting that “Follow that Dream” by Suresh Kumar would be a resounding success, resonating with many people who have made similar journeys from India and the Indian subcontinent.

Suresh Kumar, the author of “Follow that Dream,” expressed his deep gratitude for the love, affection, and supportive words from everyone present. He began his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 16 and established Indra Travel in East London, a successful travel and aviation company specialising in the Indian subcontinent. Suresh conveyed his heartfelt appreciation to his clients for their support over the years and dedicated the book to all families who have undertaken similar journeys to his own, acknowledging that his story is not unique but one shared by many around the world. He emphasised the opportunities that Great Britain has provided, enabling individuals to become an integral part of the country they now call home.

Suresh Kumar humbly acknowledged that his parents shaped him into the person he is today and that he could never repay the debt of gratitude he owes them. Despite their humility and sacrifices, they were unable to fully enjoy a good life as they dedicated themselves to providing for their family. Suresh expressed regret that he couldn’t have done more for them, as they truly deserved.

Described as a businessman, inspiration, community leader, family man, and a pillar of support, Suresh Kumar’s book is a testament to his sincerity and care for those around him, including his extended family and the diverse communities living together in East London. To order a copy of the book, visit Amazon online or www.sureshkumar.co.uk.

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