What's not to like! I first read this book Christmas 2010 (got it as a Christmas present), and could not put it down! It has everything- drama, intrigue, laughter, tears, you can really see in your mind's eye the places described. I'm sure it will be made into a film, and if they get it right, it will definitely be an Oscar winner. I passed my copy to a freind after I read it, who then passed it on to his brother, who in turn passed it to his wife, and I believe she has also passed it on- that's testimony of a really good read! My cousin has just got back from a holiday in India (for her 50th birthday), and I bought this again for her. So another chain is about to be begun!