Book signing: ‘My Silk Road’ with author Ram Gidoomal CBE

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Thursday 5 October 11am

Book signing “My Silk Road: The Adventures & Struggles of a British Asian Refugee” and conversation with the Revd Lucy Winkett and author Ram Gidoomal CBE.


  • Getting here

    We are at 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus.

  • Access

    St James’s aspires to be a place where all can belong, and where every person’s gifts and identities are welcome and celebrated. We are working to improve the experience at St James’s in the church building and the online community. We have step-free access from the courtyard to the church, and a toilet for disabled people. The courtyard and Redemption Roasters coffee shop are wheelchair accessible. If you have special access requirements (e.g. wheelchair users) please contact

  • A rich boy turned refugee tells the story of coming full circle to succeed in ways beyond his imagination. Born to a family that had recently fled British India during the partition of India and Pakistan, Ram’s early life in Mombasa seemed charmed with wealth and success. However, losing all of this overnight through a second deportation, this time from Kenya to the UK, he saw the course of his life change beyond recognition. Despite having had his dreams and plans ripped away from him, Ram worked tirelessly, fighting to overcome every obstacle, and finally succeeded in gaining back wealth and reputation. However, on reaching his late thirties, an unusual day trip in Mumbai changed his life, transforming him from someone enriching himself and his shareholders to someone enriching the world. And this time, the change was his choice. Aiming to encourage those who are struggling to move forward in life, Ram shares stories that demonstrate the difference made by a can- do attitude, by a spirit of generosity and by prioritizing relationships. Through all these, he shares the secrets of living a life that marries deep compassion with success, a generous life that reaps unexpected rewards.

    Ram converted to Christianity and gave a substantial fortune to charity. He has stood twice as an independent London Mayoral candidate. Refreshments will be served.