“What happened in Manchester is beyond shocking,” says Punjabi singer Navv Inder, referring to the Ariana Grande concert bomb blast, that left 22 dead and many injured.
He adds, “No one should have to fear for their life while doing what they love… It is not the first time that it has happened. Legendary Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila was also gunned down while he was performing at a wedding in Mehsampur – not very far from my pind in Punjab. But I do hope terror never fires another salvo from the shoulder of music. Music brings people together, & concerts should always be safe spaces. The United Kingdom and London have a really special place in my heart and this was especially appalling to me.”
Recalling his memories of London, here is Navv Inder, talking about one of his favourite destinations in the world:
“London has always outdone itself in terms of its all-embracing nature. It is very international. I have come across and met people from all over the world there. And they are always so happy and open to new cultures. I was once humming Surjit Bindrakhia’s Yaar Bolda walking with my brother, and these youngsters came up to me and asked me to sing the song for them. It was a very happy experience for me. I think some of the nicest people in the world live in London.
The weather is perfect, all the flowers were in bloom, and the air smells oh-so-fresh. I’ve always loved to see autumn in London, the way the leaves turn yellow and red and wither away. It is a sight to be seen in Iver, where I have family. Going off on long walks and discovering the geography on foot is something I love to do when I am there. Iver village on the Uxbridge to Langley road has numerous houses from the 16th and 17th centuries. So I always end up making some new discovery every time I walk in the woods there.
London is also amazing for the amazing food. Fish and chips (especially at Poppies’) is, of course, my favourite dish to dig into, but I would also strongly recommend you try the Custard Donut at St John Bar & Restaurant, which was earlier a bakery. Best to go before noon so you can hope they won’t be sold out.
When in London, I spend my days exploring the city, mostly by foot, but also by The Tube, boat buses and the train. It is also awesome to see pro-bikers and high-end sports cars riding about the streets through its bylanes and roads – that often get jammed because traffic signals got ignored and the cops have to come over to sort it out!!!
London is so much fun, I can’t wait to get back!”
(Originally published on http://navvinder.com/london-is-all-embracing/)