Born and raised in England, Gurinder grew up surrounded by UK Bhangra Bands, many of whom further fueled his innate passion for Punjabi culture. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at UBC, where he later returned to earn a Master’s degree in Asian Studies. He has a vast interest in romantic folktales (qisse) written in poetic form, and is particularly fascinated with the story of Hir Ranjha, on which he completed his thesis. Besides his excellence in Punjabi language, literature, and culture, Gurinder is highly knowledgeable in Hindi-Urdu language as well as South Asian Film, and has taught courses in those areas at UBC. A poet himself, Gurinder has been writing for many years, and hopes to publish his book someday.
Gurinder also possesses a Master’s degree in Applied Legal Studies and is considered an expert in the fields of justice, law, and crime prevention. In addition to serving as executive director for a community justice organization, he spent six years in the field of intelligence for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC), formerly known as the Organized Crime Agency of BC. His professional accolades led to instructing aspiring law enforcement officers at the Justice Institute of BC.