The name says it all. Just like the mythic Ahilya of yore the heroine here is never properly understood .one after the other trappings of societal boundaries are forced upon her . Is she pure and chaste or if she is a ravenous wanton is not so clear cut spilled out in words , but the way the characters journey across the novel it's shown of any of the choices are not really ever hers. They are forced upon her by her father, her friends or her relatives. Typical of a Shivani novel the ending is ambiguous and one wonders if the Indian women ever have a say or had one, given the era of the story (60's northern gentrified India), in their life to be as they want it to be.