A BUSINESSMAN who lived in Huddersfield for 30 years has embarked on a new career - as an author.
Forty-year-old Kalvinder Singh Uppal has drawn on his own experiences of life in a multicultural society to write Divided Hearts.
The novel tells the tale of two families feuding as a Muslim boy and a Sikh girl fall in love.
Mr Uppal said he was prompted to write it by business colleague David King, who heads Blackpool-based publishing house King Lion.
The company had been set up to provide opportunities for new writers unable to get the backing of major publishing houses.
Mr Uppal now lives in Blackpool - with his wife and two children - where he owns a chain of Indian restaurants.
Mr Uppal said: "Writing a book was something I have always wanted to do.
"I was lucky enough to meet David King, who is already a published writer, who encouraged me to give it a go."
The book was launched to great acclaim in Birmingham at a ceremony attended by VIPs, including the Indian high commissioner.
King Lion hopes to publish the novel in India and Pakistan - and is investigating the possibilities of a film version.
Mr Uppal came to Huddersfield with his parents from India when he was six months old.
He attended Birkby Junior School, Fartown and Rawthorpe high schools, and Huddersfield New College, before gaining a degree in accountancy at Huddersfield University.
For many years, he ran the Parade estate agency with offices in Fartown and Lockwood.
Mr Uppal said: "Most of the Asian community have been in England for 40 years or more, but there are still barriers between different religions.
"This book tells the story of a girl and a boy - and how no matter how you try to bring them up, outside influences will play on them."
He added: "The message of the novel is tolerance."
Now he is working on his second novel - which makes use of his experiences playing cricket for Flockton and local Asian teams.
The book, provisionally called Spin It, shows how a common love of cricket breaks down barriers between the people of a Yorkshire pit village and the Indian owner of a local corner shop.
"It will be about six months before the book comes out," said Mr Uppal. "When it does, I would love to launch it in Huddersfield."