Guest Info

Surinder Arora is a prominent entrepreneur and esteemed member of the global Indian community in the UK. As the visionary behind the remarkable Arora Group, he has built an empire from scratch, positioning it among Europe’s top hoteliers.

About the Show

In this episode, we embark on a profound journey of life lessons, delving into the highs and lows encountered and uncovering the key to maintaining a grounded perspective. Our focus shifts to an exceptional entrepreneur with an extraordinary story, Surinder Arora, who hails from humble beginnings as a waiter in a hotel, a place he eventually came to own. 

His narrative is one of defying odds. Born to parents displaced from a town on the India/Pakistan border, he spent his early years under the care of his aunt and uncle before joining his parents in the UK at 13, facing the challenge of not speaking English. He turned his dreams into reality through sheer determination, embodying the essence of hard work. 

Throughout the conversation, Rajan and Surinder explore the themes of identity, Indianness, and his unwavering belief in humanism, emphasising equality for all.

As the conversation progresses, the focus shifts from Surinder’s accomplishments to the importance of leading a balanced life, prioritising personal relationships over money and business ventures. He candidly shares how his professional endeavours sometimes strained his familial ties. However, he underscores the significance of finding equilibrium in all aspects of life, recognising that true prosperity lies in maintaining this delicate balance.

Towards the end, the discussion delves into the Indian diaspora, not only within the UK but also across other regions. Exploring the diaspora’s experiences and contributions adds another layer of depth to the conversation, highlighting the rich tapestry of the global Indian community.

Through introspective reflections and engaging anecdotes, this episode explores personal growth, resilience, and the interconnectedness of diverse cultural identities.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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