Rukshana Master

Location: Polegate, East Sussex
About me...

I was born in India and trained as a Fashion Designer in the United States in the days of Mary Quant and worked for a while in New York. I then came to live in England and furthered my fashion career in a very interesting and unusual way, raising funds for various charities and running a successful fashion boutique for many years.
With a wonderful husband by my side we raised a family and bought a ruin in rural France with no electricity or running water as a hands-on project for ourselves and our sons, something that has stood them in good stead and given us many hilarious stories.
Last year I wrote an autobiography which also includes a brief history of the Parsis during the British Raj in India and my illustrious ancestors. I am in the process of completing another book about the story of women’s emancipation and education under the British Raj in India. Both books will be available from March 2018.
These three main topics are the subjects of my talks

About my Talks...

All talks are illustrated with projector and slides.  I have a screen if necessary.

I can deliver my talks as virtual presentations (zoom)

I am a Mirthy Speaker, so I have a recorded version of my talk available through


My Fee for each Talk is £60 plus travel if outside a radius of 10 miles from Polegate, East Sussex.

My Contact Details:

01323 485120


1: Tales from the British Raj

Public Speaker Rukshana Master talks about  Tales from the British Raj

An entertaining, unusual and light-hearted view of the British Raj through the eyes of a Parsi lady of the Victorian era (my great-great grandmother) and how it contributed to the emancipation of women in India and how she met King Edward VII and the Pope in the era of male dominance. This fully illustrated talk promises to show the Raj in a refreshingly different light, with snippets of hitherto undisclosed history.


2: A Passion for Fashion

Public Speaker Rukshana Master talks about 'My Life in Fashion'

An amusing and entertaining adventure of a career in Fashion which started in India and ended up in New York and London. This talk is full of strange stories and incidents and is fully illustrated with colour slides.

This has been particularly popular with Women’s Groups.


3: Buying and Renovating a Ruin in Rural France

Public Speaker Rukshana Master talks about Buying and renovating a ruin in Rural France

A hilarious story of a young family who decided to take on a holiday project which almost took over their lives. Learning to deal with French bureaucracy, Aveyronnais food and the umpteen faux-pas with the language – and making wonderful French friends. This talk is fully illustrated with colour slides of beautiful rural France.

Rukshana Master Contact Details:

01323 485120