In the 1980s she dabbled in painting and politics. While she attained some acclaim as an artist, her political career did not take off. She stood unsuccessfully for the Indian parliament in 1984 and later launched a short-lived political party, Lok Seva (public service). One of her final acts of reinvention was her conversion to Islam in 1999, a move especially bold because of her aristocratic Nair lineage. Ten years later, she was laid to rest in the mosque where she had taken her vows.
In: Obituary, The Guardian •