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From Nothing to Everything: An inspiring saga of struggle and success from £2 to a £200 million business by Rami Ranger

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4. Welcome to England

ENGLAND WAS A total culture shock for me. I arrived on 22 May 1971 to study law. My aim was to do the bar-at-law exam and become a barrister, then return to India to practise, with the prestige of a British legal qualification. The same qualification in India would have taken three years to achieve, as opposed to two in the UK, so I was looking for a shortcut as usual. But the law changed that year so that overseas students like me could only qualify for a grant if they had already been living here for three years.

I simply couldn’t afford to fund myself and I couldn’t get a position with any firms that would sponsor me, so I had to change my plan. Life in England was a complete surprise to me. My idea of England had ...

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