Indrani Aikath Gyaltsen
was a freelance journalist, & writer of Indian origin.
Birth Circumstances & Early Life
Indrani who was born in Chaibasa, Bihar
in 1952 to a local Coal-Mine Owner had a privileged up-bringing, sheltered from the abject poverty, corruption & hunger right outside the walls of her father's mansion. She was educated at Loretto's Convent School - a premier Catholic School in the nearby "Steel City
" of Jamshedpur
before leaving India
to continue her studies at Barnard College
at Columbia University.
Divorce & Re-Marriage
After her first divorce, she moved to Calcutta, where she was wooed by a succession of men, allegedly rejecting an Indian Army Officer because of "the Punjabi accent" of his spoken English. She ultimately re-married a Tea-Plantation owner of Tibetan origin & moved to the Estate, high above Darjeeling, in the embattled North-eastern state of Assam.
Relationship with Khushwant Singh
Indrani wrote to Khushwant Singh
, a famous Indian Man-of-Letters, who answered her letters as he did of many aspiring young female authors, encouraging her. She mailed her first novel chapter by chapter to him, who mentioned her to David Davidar
, the whiz-kid of Indian Publishing & head of Penguin Books
She ran a hotel and authored three novels -- Daughters of the House
, Crane's Morning
and Hold My Hand, I'm Dying
-- the last being published posthumously after her suicide
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