Much later, I met Surjeet Singh who owned an Indian restaurant in inner-western suburb of Strathfield. Standing outside his restaurant each day, his glorious turbaned self was something of a curiosity. He nodded and said hello to everyone that passed by. I asked him one day why he did that. He explained: “Well when they come into my restaurant, they see a familiar face.” It was not long before the restaurant was one of the most popular, not only with fellow Indians by Aussies, too, who had had a taste of curry. Surjeet’s elder brother is credited with opening the first curry house in Goulburn Street, in the heart of the Sydney CBD. His young brother built an Indian cuisine catering empire.
Fr Anthony Scierri (spent a lot of time in Africa including Kenya, helping set up the Carmelite arm of the priesthood as well as schools) on the other hand is the classical theologian. If you are into the subject then he never fails to delight your ears. However, it is a keen ear that appreciates Fr Anthony for his clinical examination and interpretation of the two testaments of the Bible. He has something of a minor cult following but everyone her meets is full of respect for him.