Suresh Singh, author of A Modest Living, Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh recalls his Bengali friends described him as “one of us”. We join Suresh and Bishopsgate Institute’s archivist Stefan Dickers to reflect on the role of food and music in his journeys around London from childhood to where he now lives in East Ham.
A Modest Living, Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh is published by Spitalfields Life . Born and bred in London, Suresh became the first Punjabi punk, playing drums for Spizzenergi and touring with Siouxsie & the Banshees.
In the book, chapters of biography are alternated with Sikh recipes by Jagir Kaur.
“A timely reminder of all that modern Britishness encompasses”
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Stefan Dickers is the Special Collections and Archives Manager at Bishopsgate Institute and looks after its extensive material on London, Protest and LGBTQ+ History. He qualified as an archivist in 2001 and began at Bishopsgate Institute in 2005. Previous to this, Stefan worked in the archives of the London School of Economics and Senate House Library.