The Autobiography of Indra B. Tamang: My Curious Years with Charles Henri Ford

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About the Author
Indra Tamang was born in the Makwanpur District of Southern
Nepal in 1953, and first came to New York City in 1974. He is known for his
artistic collaborations with Charles Henri Ford, and he became internationally
known as "The Butler" who inherited a fortune from Charles Henri's sister, Ruth
Ford. Since the passing of Ruth and Charles Henri Ford, he continues to further
their legacies, and manages the use of Charles Henri's published work. He has
shown his own photography and other artwork at the Mitchell Algus Gallery, the
Woolworth Building, and the 292 Gallery in Lower Manhattan. Between 2008 and
2010 he served as elected President of the Tamang Society of America, and remains
an active member of the Nepali community in New York.

Romy Ashby is a New York-based writer, lyricist, editor, and
interviewer. She's written numerous Blondie songs with Chris Stein and Debbie
Harry, and is the editor of the small interview magazine Housedeer as well as author
of the blog Walkers in the City.
"In 1964, at just 21, I secured a job as secretary and
archivist in an artistic ménage at the heart of New York's cultural élite. I
had been engaged by Ruth Ford and her husband, Zachary Scott, but Ruth's
brother, Charles Henri Ford, was at the heart of this circle. I traveled across
the pond on the Queen Elizabeth, and was provided with a studio flat at the
Dakota Building. (This later became a storeroom for John Lennon and Yoko Ono!) This
was a time when all manner of people called to speak or meet with Ruth, Zachary,
or Charles: John Steinbeck, Edward James, Andy Warhol, Lauren Bacall, and
Quentin Crisp come to mind. It was into this milieu that Indra Tamang was
introduced by Charles. Indra was in his own way as remarkable as any of the
celebrities he was to mix with. His latent artistic sensitivities were
expressed in photography and his engaging personality. Indra is indeed an extraordinary
person whose life story is as unlikely as a fairy story and a parable of
abilities and service justly rewarded."--Penelope Davidson, former secretary and archivist to Ruth