Mimi Correia-Afonso Desai was born in 1932 in Goa, at that time Portuguese India, where she spent her childhood and teenage years. She qualified as a doctor from Bombay University and worked in India, Tanzania, and then England where she now lives.
Her interests are geology, travel, languages, ancient history and knitting. She has three children and six grandchildren. This is her second book.
From an Indian-Catholic family in Portuguese India, Mimi Correia-Afonso Desai’s marriage to a Gujarati Hindu from Tanzania moved her in 1959 from one continent to another and from one culture to another entirely alien. Disowned by her family and unaccepted by the Gujarati community, she remembers her years in Tanzania - her joys, pains and struggles in her personal and professional life.
From an upper-class, staunchly Indian-Catholic family in Portuguese India, Mimi Correia-Afonso Desai’s memories of her childhood in Goa in the 1930s inspire this story of Licia Fontes de Almida. It is a little girl’s journey, losing and finding her way - determinedly in her own way – as she grows up despite a very Catholic childhood.