From modest beginnings in Fiji a dot in the Pacific Ocean to the dining tables of queens and prime ministers Bhaichand Patel's journey shows him to be the quintessential self-made man. Journalist author lawyer diplomat film critic with a gift for mixing a potent cocktail--he has dived into every avocation with aplomb and emerged with some great insights and plenty of stories. In I Am a Stranger Here Myself he puts these together in a narrative that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride all over the world--from Fiji Bombay London to New York Cairo Manila--coming to rest in the leafy environs of New Delhi's Sujan Singh Park.
Traipsing through the book's pages are distinguished lawyers judges diplomats journalists politicians authors actors and directors--some down on their luck others on the rise.
An early practitioner of the work hard party harder philosophy Patel shows that life can be as difficult as we want to make it or as much fun. As Henry Miller put it 'Do anything but let it produce joy'.