This is a bleak picture of one of India's most iconic city Dasgupta's cast of characters is wonderfully idiosyncratic - the rich and successful as well as those for whom system is exploitative. The portrayal of a venal medical profession betraying the basics of any hippocratic oath and the historical indifference of the new rich for their compatriots would raise the hackles of anyone not familiar with Indian civil service practice !
It is a significant contribution to the huge library of portraits od Delhi in that it reflects a 21st century prtrait - no attempt to mreflect the establishment of seven historical Delhis, no appeal to the past, it is an unflinching critique of what the city has become. In terms of professionalo development, architectural abomination and civic exploitation, it reveals a depressng picture but on the other hands stories aroud those characters such as the gay fashion designer, the business woman trapped in a traditional matriarchal home and the second generation millionaire provide a portrait of real life.
Having lived in Delhi, I foun d it fascinating, un-put-downable, great narrative and beautifull written.