When Sandesh, a fifteen-year-old runaway working at a video store in Bombay, is seduced by a wealthy married woman named Lolita, he has no idea how life-altering his sexual awakening will be. Lolita’s husband learns of her infidelity, and Sandesh finds himself subjected to assault and battery. And that’s how he meets Jeevan Reddy, a high-profile criminal lawyer who takes his case, accuses Lolita of paedophilia . . . and enters into a relationship with Sandesh. From the mean streets of Bombay to the serene beaches of Goa, Lady Lolita’s Lover moves towards its tranquil denouement in the hills of Kodaikanal. Through strongly delineated characters and deftly woven dialogues, it unravels a world ignored and dismissed by many.
R. Raj Rao is the author of the iconic novel The Boyfriend, soon to be made into a major motion picture, as well as of the technically accomplished novel Hostel Room 131, and the collection of short stories One Day I Locked My Flat in Soul City. His other work includes poetry, plays, biography, translation and much non-fiction. One of India’s leading queer theorists, Rao teaches Indian literature, LGBT literature and creative writing at the University of Pune.