Jane Richardson has had a full and varied career as a travel consultant, photographer, published author, lecturer, and artist, in addition to being a wife and mom.
Her travels started at an early age and have continued for many decades. She started in the United Staes, Canada and Mexico, initially with friends and later with her husband.
When her children were in grade school Jane and her husband designed a month-long trip across Europe. The kids learned a lot more on that trip than they would have in school. But homework was included in the luggage!
She has traveled 25 times through India since 1969, living with people in all walks of life, from village huts to palaces of north and south. Her background is obviously broad and varied. She has also designed tour packages and escorted numerous tour groups, some of one-month duration, with the added "job" of discussing family life, customs, religions, etc.
She is able to astutely "read" her fellow man. This made friends from "the poorest of the poor," to Prime Ministers, Presidents, and earned her a membership (she was legally adopted) into the oldest royal family in the world.
Richardson's experiences are evident by her books' authentic details and excellent descriptions. The Deccan Chronicle wrote: "She is really interested in knowing and staying with ordinary people." The magazine "Andhra Pradesh" also wrote: "Mrs. Richardson is a shrewd reader of men and penetrating observer."
She has written four books on India and has recently added her fifth biography, that of the former head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Louis Rooks Bruce.