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 festival.

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.


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