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Ali Mirdrekvandi

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Full Name: Ali Mirdrekvandi
Born: Khorramabad, Lorestan, Iran
Died: November 26, 1964
Borujerd, Iran
Nationality: Iranian


Ali Mirdrekvandi (Also called Gunga Din), is the author of No Heaven for Gunga Din, a fable, and Irradiant, a popular epic, both written in broken English in the mid-20th century.

Relatively little is known about Mirdrekvandi, except that he was a poorly educated native of Lorestan who managed to teach himself enough English to write and publish his work.

Mirdrekvandi wrote The British and American Officer's Book while working at the officer's mess in Tehran during World War II, which was given to his mentor Hemming (then a British officer). Hemming's last contact with Mirdrekvandi was in 1949. At the time of publication the author's history and current circumstances were unknown. Some sources have asserted that Mirdrekvandi was fictional, and that the story was actually written by Hemming or Zaehner.

On publication of the book in 1965 the Iranian press conducted a public search for Mirdrekvandi, characterized as a "missing millionaire". His brother, a former classmate, and others who recalled him were found, they provided additional information that was he born some time in 1916-1918 in a village in Lorestan Province in western Iran. According to one source, he was raised by his grandfather after his parents were "taken away by soldiers" and never heard of again. This would have been around the time the Pahlavi dynasty crushed a rebellion by the nomadic Lurs of Lorestan. Young Ali's talents were noted and he was sent to a school for sons of tribal leaders to, "not to learn banditry and robbery." He reportedly left school after a dispute with the son of the school director, and was working for a railway when British and Soviet forces entered Iran at the beginning of World War II.

It was later discovered that Derikvandi had been living in impoverished circumstances in the town of Borujerd, where he was notable for reading many English language books. He is reported as having died on November 26, 1964, just prior to the publication of his book.

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