Meher Marfatia was born in Bombay in 1963. She graduated from St Xavier’s College with English Literature and Psychology before earning her MA degree in English Literature.
She has worked as a journalist since 1984 and is also an independent publisher – her imprint is 49/50 Books.
After working as Assistant Editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, from the Times of India group of publications, she was invited to be founder Text Editor for The Art India Magazine and Verve magazine as well as Copy Editor of Marg, a reputed journal of Indian culture.
She has been awarded the Scholarship in Advanced Journalism Studies at the International School of Journalism in Berlin, Germany.
A long-standing interest in researching lost communities, ethnic diversity and the performing arts has seen her publish extensive feature stories on these themes in leading newspapers and magazines.
Her recent weekly columns include “Urban Legend” on Bombay heritage and the parenting column “Big on Little”. Her fortnightly online articles for The Swaddle are “Lessons in Small Print” and “Modern Family”.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband Noshir and their children Zarir and Ayesha.