I loved this book. Not only did it provide insite into another culture, but the characters really make you care about them. It is actually quite a sad story, not a light hearted read, but all the same worth the effort. It is actually based on a movie, a bit backwards since ususally the movie is based on the book, and it is now my mission to find the dvd. I thought that it was fascinating to discover a different side to the Indian culture. There is also a glossary of terms used throughout the book, which I thought was great because it gave the book an interesting perspective which went hand in hand with it's openness about cultural traditions in that part of the world. A great read!!