Homai Vyarawalla who is India's first lady journalist whose lens got her fame for the candid shots of India's independent movement.The photographs that she clicked were published under the pseudonym 'Dalda 13'. On her D-day google doodle in its portrait featured Homai Vyarawalla to mark her 104th birth anniversary.
Homai Vyarawalla who was born in 1913 in a Parsi family in Navsari, Gujarat, she spent her childhood in many places as her father worked in a traveling theater company. After completing her education from Bombay University and Sir JJ School of Art, she started taking snaps of the daily life of Mumbaikars and in this way become a professional photographer.
While in the turbulent time of second world war in 1942, Vyarawalla got a job at the British Information Services in New Delhi and also began working with the Bombay-based ‘The Illustrated Weekly of India’ magazine where many of her black and white images were published that became iconic later.
The photographs that she clicked were printed under the pseudonym ‘Dalda 13’. This number was indicative as her birth year was 1913, when she was 13-years-old she met her husband and her first car’s registration number was DLD 13.
A year after her husband’s death in 1973, Homai Vyarawalla left photography and lived alone in Vadodara, Gujarat. In the year 1989, she lost her son and only child. The country praised her with a Padma Vibhushan in 2010. The iconic lady’s journey came to an end on January 15, 2012.