Author: Devapriya Roy
Illustrated by Priya Kuriyan

9789386850683 | PB | pp. 144 | 2018 | Context

A graphic biography which walks you through the life of Indira – India’s first and only woman prime minister.

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In a government school classroom in Delhi, young Indira Thapa is set an unusual assignment by her favourite teacher: to write an essay around her name. Who was Indira Priyadarshini, the person after whom her grandfather named her? And why her? What is her legacy as India’s first—and only—woman prime minister?

Over the course of a long, hot summer and a curious friendship with an artist who is working on a biography of Mrs Gandhi, young Indira gets tangled up in the life and times of her memorable namesake. Sometimes by design and sometimes by accident, story after story comes alive — about a childhood spent in Allahabad growing the Vanar Sena, of a youthful romance with the charming Feroze Gandhi, of stints in jail and elephant rides through pouring rain, of a magnificent audacity that catapulted India onto the international stage, and of the final, tragic end that ripped apart the fabric of the nation.

Real and imagined worlds, the past and present, text and image all entwine as Indira walks us through the most formative decades of political life of India.


Devapriya Roy
Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan









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About the Author

Devapriya Roy is the author of The Vague Woman’s Handbook, The Weight Loss Club and, most recently, of The Heat and Dust Project: The Broke Couple’s Guide to Bharat, co-written with Saurav Jha. She is an alumnus of Presidency College, Kolkata and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she spent nearly a decade in pursuit of a PhD on Bharata’s Natyashastra. She currently teaches creative and academic writing at Ashoka University.

Priya Kuriyan is an Delhi-based illustrator who hails from kochi. She travelled a lot from city to city because her father was in the army. She graduated at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.A fan of the works of Atanu Roy, Jayanto Baneerjee and Mario Miranda to name a few, it was their images that inspired Priya to take readers on an visual journey through her imaginative world using clear, soft lines and vibrant colours, herself.


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