Shrabani was born in Calcutta and
grew up in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Delhi. She graduated in History from St
Stephen’s College, Delhi and completed her Masters from Delhi
University. In 1983 she began her career as a trainee journalist in the
bustling offices of The Times of India in Bombay. She moved to London in 1987, and has since then been the correspondent of the Calcutta-based newspaper Ananda Bazar Patrika and The Telegraph.
Over her long career she has done exclusive interviews with many
eminent people including Benazir Bhutto, Sheikh Hasina, Salman Rushdie,
Nirad C Chaudhuri, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Ismail Merchant, Mira
Nair and Shabana Azmi among others.
She has always combined her
journalism with her love of history and all her books have evolved from
her observations about the shared histories of India and Britain.
Shrabani has been interviewed on BBC’s flagship Woman’s Hour programme
and appeared on BBC Television’s Saturday Kitchen and The One Show. She
has been invited to speak at several literary festivals including the
Cheltenham Literature Festival, Bath Literature Festival, Words by the
Water, Keswick, Cambridge History Festival and the Jaipur Literature
In 2010, Shrabani set up the Noor
Inayat Khan Memorial Trust to ensure that Noor’s story and sacrifice
were preserved for the next generation. The Trust is raising funds to
install a bust of Noor Inayat Khan in Gordon Square in London. Her work
to preserve the memory of the World War II heroine has been commended in
the House of Lords.