85-year-old Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies in the US


Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, well known writer and novelist died in the US on Wednesday. She was 85. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was an Oscar and Booker price winner writer and she had a strong connection with India. She was born in Germany but married to Indian Parsi architect, Cyrus H. In 1951, Cyrus moved to Delhi with his wife Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

After staying in India for 24 years, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala went to New York and divided her time between New York and India. In 1968, she became a citizen of the US.

In 1975, she won the Booker Prize for her work ‘Heat and Dust’, the book is based on the lives of two English women living 50 years apart.

While Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was in India, she wrote novels about her life and experiences in the country -- "To Whom She Will" (1955), "Nature of Passion" (1956), "Esmond in India" (1957), "The Householder" (1960) and "Get Ready for the Battle" (1962) are some of her famous novels under her name.

In 1963, by filmmakers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant approached Ms Jhabvala to write a screenplay of her 1960 novel "The Householder".

Merchant once wrote about his partnership with Ms Jhabvala, "It is a strange marriage we have at Merchant Ivory... I am an Indian Muslim, Ruth is a German Jew, and Jim is a Protestant American.

Someone once described us as a three-headed god. Maybe they should have called us a three-headed monster!"

She wrote screenplays for the movies, “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” “The Remains of the Day,” “The Bostonians” and “The Golden Bowl.”

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