|Thrity Umrigar and conductor Zubin Mehta|
Mehta was born into a Parsi family in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, the son of Mehli and Tehmina Mehta. His father was a violinist and founding conductor of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra, and also conducted the American Youth Symphony upon moving to Los Angeles.
Mehta's first marriage was to Canadian soprano Carmen Lasky in 1958. They have a son, Mervon, and a daughter, Zarina. In 1964, they divorced. Two years later, Carmen married Mehta's brother, Zarin Mehta, formerly the Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic.
In 1969, Mehta married Nancy Kovack, an American former film and television actress. Mehta, a permanent resident of the United States, retains his Indian citizenship.
Thrity has been teaching creative writing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland since 2002. Her novels, set in her native India, total seven or eight or nine (I've lost track).