Born and raised in Bombay, Meher Marfatia graduated from St. Xavier’s College with English Literature and Psychology, and holds a Master’s degree in English Literature. She was awarded the Scholarship in Advanced Journalism Studies at the International School of Journalism in Berlin, Germany (1989). An acclaimed journalist and independent publisher (49/50 Books), Meher has lent her dynamic expertise to numerous renowned publications. Her long-standing interest in documenting lost communities, ethnic diversity and the performing arts has culminated into excellent articles in leading national newspapers and magazines over 35 years, including Bombay Times, Sunday Midday, The Swaddle (online column). Recent volumes she text-edited for reputed publishing houses include ‘Changing Skylines: The Shapoorji Pallonji Sesquicentennial 1865-2015’ and ‘Chandigarh is in India’.
Even as her journalistic efforts were increasingly lauded for their outstanding content and style, Meher Marfatia started an essay series in the Sunday Mid-day in 2016 (and ongoing), which rose to even greater heights – the extremely popular ‘Once Upon A City’ column, which accurately captures the spirited essence of Bombay, its places – forgotten and popular – and its people. Having earned great popularity and appreciation, four years later, these were launched as a compendium in a book with the same title. ‘Once Upon A City’ celebrates Bombay’s realities in the form of explorations and stories and reviews of its places and people – affording as much attention and respect to the unknown, as to the iconic. This anthology is the perfect tribute to maximum city! ‘Once Upon A Time’ was launched, in association with Mid-day, on February 8, 2020, by Gerson daCunha, at Mumbai’s popular Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.