About Bip In Chandra

Condensed Biography

BIPIN C. PATEL, professionally recognized as Bip In Chandra, was born in Nairobi, Kenya, under the British crown and moved to London in 1962, just before Kenya’s independence. There, he was the first Indian from Africa or India to make a name for himself in London’s fashion and advertising photography scene. In 1979, he chose the United States as his second home and started a family. Now retired, he lives in Florida with his wife.

Extended Biography

BIPIN C. PATEL, professionally recognized as Bip In Chandra was born in Nairobi, Kenya under the British Crown. “Being a 4th child, I jumped up and down more than I should have to get my parent’s attention,” he says. “The advantage was that I had the least amount of pressure on me.” His parents sailed to Mombassa, East Africa, in the late 1920’s from Gujarat, India. Bipin’s father had multiple careers, including being an entrepreneur.

After living in East Africa for over 18 years, Bipin moved to England before Kenya’s Independence. There, he adopted the English way of life, travelled Europe, and made a name for himself in London’s fashion and advertising photography scene. Bip, as close friends called him in London, loved history in his High School years, but hated quizzes and tests. According to him teachers emphasized facts, dates, and events while overlooking characters and personal stories of superheroes. “After all, history is nothing, but past stories. Everybody loves to hear a good story,” he says.

In London Bipin reminisced about his childhood in beautiful British Kenya and he soon realized that the British government did not really know nor understand the Indians’ struggles or their ability to rise above adversities and intimidations in East Africa after the tribal uprisings. The Africanization had virtually made them homeless and without a country overnight. Their former way of life was gone forever. His English friends enjoyed the Colonial stories and insisted that he put his life’s experiences in writing, knowing that no one is more qualified than Bip to tell ‘a Wahindi Story.’

“It was not until a tragic plane crash in 1974 when four of my friends died in a plane crash outside Paris, that I realized how fragile life is and there are no certainties,” says Bipin. After waiting nearly 40 years, Bipin decided it was time to tell his story of Colonial East Africa. “It has taken five years to put the novel together. Lost and Found, a Wahindi Story is a fiction, based on true events. Some are a cornerstone of personal experiences, others from people he knew and stories told.”

Bipin invites Wahindi and Wazungu around the world to share their stories and experiences by contacting us through our online contact form. “There are so many interesting untold stories; set in our own Camelot.” He adds, “The world is ready to hear them.”