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 3 children and 6 grandchildren. She has written 2 books.