The old Mill Road Library has been given a new lease of life as Bharat Bhavan, the Indian Community and Cultural Association.
'We've called it Bharat Bhavan
, which means India House.
We use it for all sorts of Indian cultural and religious get-togethers, and teach Indian dance, music and languages.
But we also open it to over 16 different users, from an African dance group to a yoga class.
Though it's a Hindu centre, it's open to absolutely everyone.
With all the rich and varied communities we have in this city, how often do we all come together?'
As a place of worship, Bharat Bhavan
cannot receive government assistance.
Amazingly, the £85,000 that has gone into redesigning the old library has been raised entirely from individual donations and local fund-raising events.
The plans for Bharat Bhavan
The Hindu Shrine
in Bharat Bhavan
will be inaugurated this autumn when the carved statues of revered Hindu deities are carried in colourful procession from the Guildhall, along Parkside and Mill Road.
It's time to feed the greedy pay-and-display meter. 'Bharat Bhavan
is a Hindu space but it's open to everyone,' Suresh repeats.