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Sharda Pargal was born in Lahore in 1936. Her father, Justice Mehr Chand Mahajan, was a leading lawyer of the Punjab High Court at the time, and she spent her early childhood in Lahore. Her formal education was in Delhi, where the family moved after Partition. In 1968, Sharda started her famous cookery classes in Mumbai, and over the years she has taught people from all walks of life: film stars and their wives, professionals and young housewives.She has been featured on television shows and in women’s magazines and has also worked for several social and charitable causes. She lives in Mumbai with her husband and two daughters.