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Noon, With a View
About the Book
This is a candid story from a man who values his family, friends and country – both his birthplace and his adopted home. Despite many setbacks his indomitable spirit enabled him to meet challenges and succeed. Throughout his life, he has made many friends and helped innumerable people, and when he needed help, particularly when his Noon Products factory was destroyed by fire, both friends and clients were there to help him recover.
After selling the business to WT Foods, his own charitable company, the Noon Foundation was established and for his many efforts in this sector he was awarded an MBE. Increasingly, his time was spent working with many different charities and the Queen honoured him with a knighthood.
Sir Gulam accepted nomination for a peerage but the ‘cash for honours’ storm erupted. He relates the incident from his personal perspective – his anger, humiliation, frustration and depression. He considers his relations with the police, the media, the Government, Tony Blair and other senior members of the Labour Party.
He also reflects upon the tough questions facing Britain today, such as education, immigration, terrorism, and the role of the government and private citizens. He pulls no punches but his story demands respect – it demands to be read.
About the Author
Known universally as ‘Noon’, Sir Gulam was born in Mumbai and assumed control of the family business at an early age, since when he has spent a lifetime in the food business. Moving to the UK he launched a range of authentic ethnic meals through Noon Products and despite major setbacks built a hugely successful business. In 1996 he was awarded an MBE in recognition of his work as an employer and his charitable activities. He was knighted in 2002, and in addition to remaining active in business he sits on the boards of several government and charity organisations including the Advisory Board for Naturalisation and Integration.