“Double Happiness” starts out as the love story of my mother, Vivienne Wardi. She comes to India for the second time in her life and through a strike of the universe suddenly gets a chance to see Arjun again. Even though she is married to another man, she falls for Arjun. As you probably understand already I am their daughter so they must have been together at one stage. Since I have not met my mother alive my characterization of her is invented and slightly full of illusions. She is a woman who knows what she wants. For a while she is loyal to her husband Samir and she even supports him after their separation. Vivi is a bit of a dreamer and sometimes she gets overwhelmed by life. What I can tell as well that she is good with words. Her diary is full of graphic illustrations of lovemaking. When I read it for the first time it made me blush. Mind you, I was only 12 years old then. My mother’s diary is the background on which I have written “Double Happiness” but there is a part which is solely based on my own experience of the events unfolding after my 12th birthday.
In my bollywood version of “Double Happiness” I could only see one actress playing my mom but you will find out as you read the novel who it should be.