The Red Letters

The Red Letters

My Father's Enchanted Period

Book - 2004
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The story has its origins in the sixties, when Mehta by chance finds his father weeping uncontrollably on his mother's shoulder during a New York dinner party. As a result, the son begins to unravel a family mystery that takes him on a painful and revealing voyage into his father's British past in Simla, the magical hill station. Step-by-step, he is forced to confront his father's passionate clandestine affair with Rasil, an exquisite beauty who in her teens was abducted from her poor family and raped. She was subsequently rescued by a Hindu philanthropist, only to end up trapped in an abusive marriage to a rich businessman. Mehta's exploration of his father's love affair proves painful, as the son realizes that the entanglement, a passing episode in sixty-one years of a loving marriage, had shattering psychological side effects on his mother--a close friend of Rasil's--and also on his own life. The Red Letters is Mehta's masterpiece, a work of extraordinary intensity that perfectly re-creates the exotic, closed world of British India.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2004.
ISBN: 9781560256281
Characteristics: 190 p. :,ports. ;,21 cm.


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