All Rhea had ever wanted was the perfect Mills & Boon romance. But considering the world she lived in, it was probably too much to ask. She was raised in a traditional and conservative Sikh family in Jalandhar, where it was unfathomable for a girl to be unmarried at 25, let alone 33. But here she was, a single, independent girl, STILL in search of Mr. Right.
Her search had begun at a very early age, but not of her own accord. At 15, she was engaged to a 23-year-old boy, but that story didn’t go as her parents had planned. Her first step into the arena called love began on the wrong footing in this way and, little did she know, the jinx would haunt her for a long, long time. In her pursuit of the right man, there would be many wrong ones, making the better part of her early young life revolve around finding her ‘other half ’.
Between a domineering mother, a hapless but supportive father and the legion of boys who go in and out of her life, Rhea tries her best to make sense of her chaotic world.
Hetal Adesara was born and brought up in Jamshedpur and moved to Mumbai when she was 18. She graduated from Sophia College, Mumbai, and went on to get a diploma in Journalism from Xavier Institute of Communications.
In her 10-year career, Hetal started off as a journalist at Indiantelevision.com. Thereafter, she headed the editorial team Businessofcinema.com, which she also co-founded.
During her stint with the film industry, she worked on the landmark Hindi film 3 Idiots as assistant to producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. In 2012, she assisted director Rohan Sippy on Nautanki Saala, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, where she also donned the hat of script-supervisor. Most recently, Hetal has worked on the IIFA Awards, Macau (2013) and IIFA Awards, Tampa Bay (2014) as Executive Producer for television and digital content.
Being an avid movie watcher, Hetal was always drawn to the fantastical world of films. It was her passion for writing and creating a whole new world with words that made her take a giant leap of faith when she quit her job to write her first book.
Matrimonial Mocktales is Hetal’s debut novel.
A light, breezy read on the pitfalls and processes of arranged marriages
A coming-of-age novel where the protagonist gradually realises she doesn’t need to play by the book
Memorable characters etched out in an enjoyable style
Lovers of young adult and general fiction, commercial fiction readers, general-trade readers.