Overview for Mila in Love
â€˜She was out shopping in some kind of diaphanous drapery when she was spotted by an olive-hued, savagely handsome sheikh, also out for a dayâ€™s shopping. Carried off in one swoop to his luxurious tent, she was made junior assistant to his fourth wife and lived her days in delirious happiness, except when she wondered if her classmatesâ€”Ritu in particularâ€”ever thought of her, the jealous cats . . .â€™ Welcome to the dream world of Sharmila, twenty-something spinster. Ruthlessly wry and comically self-deprecating, this modern maiden entertains herself not with Bombay social dos but with florid fantasies of Rayhaan, family friend and mouth-watering Parsi-Punjabi hunk. Sharmila has secretly loved Ray ever since she was gawky, thirteen-year-old Mila and he was enamoured of her mother. Yet Ray disappeared, leaving Mila to endure a series of misfortunes with only an uncle for comfort. A sorry mixture of her fatherâ€™s pouty mistress, her motherâ€™s descent into madness and her tyrannical granny culminates in tragedy, and Mila can take no more. Her uncle persuades her to study abroad. Playing gamely along with her sexually experienced roommate and sexually impatient boyfriend, Mila just doesnâ€™t fit into California. Back she goes, to nibble jalebis and wallow in the Sunday papers. She only has one dream left; how can she make it come true?
Dina Mehta (Author)
Dina Mehta is one of Indiaâ€™s most versatile and accomplished writers in English. She has published a novel (And Some Take a Lover, 1992) and two books of short stories and written several prize-winning plays, including Brides Are Not For Burning (1979), which won first prize in the BBC International Playwriting Competition. Her stories and articles have appeared in the Independent, the Deccan Herald, Kaiser-E-Hind, and London Magazine, and her scripts have been heard on Doordarshan and All India Radio. She was fiction editor at the Illustrated Weekly of India from 1976 to 1982, and has worked as a senior editor at Parsiana and Voyage.