Homai Vyarawalla was India’s 1st woman photojournalist. She was known as "Dalda 13".She had moved from places to places with the family due to his father’s occupation. She went to St.Xavier's College for her diploma and then the Sir J. J. School of Art for her further education.
She began her career in the 1930s.She started working for The Illustrated Weekly of India magazine’s assignments. The magazine was based in Bombay. She kept her identity hidden during initial days and her photographs used to be published by her husband name. She joined the British Information Services in Delhi in the year 1942.This was the time when her work was noticed at the national level. She captured many national leaders and politicians photos during the period up to independence. The names whom she captured in her camera were Mohandas Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nehru-Gandhi family including Indira Gandhi. She worked as a press photographer. She had also captured Dwight Eisenhower's (Former United States President) and Queen Elizabeth's visits to India.
She loved to capture Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who was the 1st Prime Minister of India. Her work was published under "Dalda 13″.This name was preferred by her considering her birth year 1913, her 1st car number DLD 13 and her age of 13 when she first time met her husband. In 1970, she decided to quit the photography after her husband’s death. She expressed her opinion about the photographers of the new generation looking for quick money and not following any rules. She didn’t capture any picture for last forty years of her life. She gave all her photographs’ collection to Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in Delhi.