Farrukh Dhondy

Farrukh Dhondy

Farrukh Dhondy (born 1944 in Poona, India) is a British writer and activist of Indian Parsi descent. He obtained a BSc degree from Poona University in India before winning a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1964 where he read English. After graduating he studied for a Masters degree at Leicester University and was later a lecturer at the Leicester College of Further Education and a secondary school in London. Dhondy is known for his strong anti-Islamic opinions, voiced in several newspaper and journal columns, as well as in the films for which he has written scripts.

A renowned writer of books, whether for children, young adults or adults, Dhondy is also a playwright, a biographer (of C.L.R. James (2001)) and a former media executive (Channel Four Commissioning Editor for Multicultural Programmes 1984-97). At this time he wrote the comedy series Tandoori Nights (1985-87) for the channel, which concerned the rivalry of two curry house owners. Farrukh Dhondy has written among his children's' stories KBW (Keep Britain White), a study of a young white boy's response to anti-Bengali racism, sometimes mistaken for an unironic title.

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