Indra Sinha is an author. Born in the 1950s in the suburbs of Colaba, located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He comes from a mixed lineage, his father was an officer posted in the Indian Navy, while his mother was an English writer who wrote under the pseudonym of Rani Sinha Indra studied at the Mayo College situated in Ajmer, Rajasthan and also received his education from Oakham School in Rutland, England. He went on to study English literature at the Pembroke College, Cambridge. He currently resides in Sussex with his wife and three children. Before he began his career in writing, he worked as a copywriter at a firm called Ogilvy and Mather in London; he then quit it to join Collett Dickenson Pearce and Partners. Indra eventually turned out to be one of the best copywriters that Britain ever had, and he is still known for his material based on charities like Amnesty.
He had a way of punching the guts of people with pity. While doing the same, he felt that his job was shallow and not appropriate, he wanted to use his talents for giving voice to people. He helped to translate Vatsyayana’s Kama Sutra from Sanskrit to English. He even detailed a fictional monograph based on the origins of Tantrism. After this, in 1999, he published his first non-fiction memoir called The Cybergypsies, which was the narration of before internet made a boom. He became famous for his book Animal’s People. The book fetched him a Man Booker nomination in 2007 and also won the Award at Commonwealth Writer’s Symposium for Europe and South Asia. The book Animal’s People is a retelling of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy incident.
He had come in contact with the victims of the tragedy during the days when he was advertising for Bhopal Medical Appeal. Apart from writing books, he also used his time to translate the Indian Sanskrit texts to English so as to spread the wisdom of the East as much as possible. His book, The Death of Mr. Love, was a masterpiece based on the life of KM Nanavati, he followed the case closely and converted it into a courtroom drama with the magic of his words. Indra is a very vocal critic of the Dow Chemical Company and its branch Union Carbide, which was responsible for the disaster. He works passionately and relentlessly to try and help the victims and the martyrs gain justice. He considers his mentor, Mulk Raj Anand, to be his inspiration and believes that he would not have been a writer had he not had his support.