Bulletproof founder: 'I'd rather be a mongrel than a pedigree'

Immigrant Gush Mundae was stopped and searched by the police every week. Now he runs a £16m global design agency.

by Kate Bassett

I was five years old when I left Delhi and arrived in the UK. I couldn’t speak a word of English. Although we were middle class by Indian standards, my parents saw an opportunity for us to gain a better quality of life and better future abroad.

Back then, the connection between the UK and India under Thatcher was strong; immigration was seen as a means of attracting foreign talent and a way of strengthening the workforce to fuel economic growth. 

We found ourselves exchanging the comforts of the six-bedroom family home in Delhi for a tiny single room in a house in Southall, west London. We went from being fairly well off to practically poor in an instant.  

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