I was born in April in Rohtak, a small town near New Delhi in India. I’m a baby boomer, my star sign is Aries and I’d call myself ‘spiritually born again’.
I’m simply Sunil. Thankfully, I’ve never had a middle name, because Australians like short names anyway. I love travelling, people, good food and good friendships.
Favorite sports? Firstly Cricket. Couldn’t you guess? I’m Indian – and every Indian loves Cricket (notice my use of a capital ‘c’). I also enjoy watching soccer – real football and I loved the experience of being at the World Cup in South Africa. When I was young I represented my school house in boxing. I was lucky enough to win a few bouts but got thrashed badly once or twice. Wasn’t very pleasant. Thank God it was a long time ago.
Migrating to Australia almost 33 years ago meant a lot to me. It was a great adventure, it gave me a new life, and I’ve had lots of new experiences and met and made many new friends. I love living in Adelaide; it’s the best place on Earth to bring up family. What a lovely lifestyle we have! I never take it for granted and I’m grateful for each day.
My first car was 1958 or 1959 Isuzu Bellett. I bought it for just $20 (the result of good negotiation) and it served me well for 6 months – just needed petrol and a container of water in the boot (in case the engine got too hot). It was going to cost more to tow away then the original purchase price, so in the end I gave it to a friend to fix it or pull it apart for spares.
Twenty-five of my 33 years in Australia have been spent at the Centre – in different roles but all of them with the same passion. I’ve loved every bit of it, and much more. It’s always fascinating to meet new faces; I have had many wonderful and memorable experiences and my life has been enriched.
Regrets? I never carry them. Life is always a challenge and each day at work is a challenge. But it’s a good and worthwhile one.