on 1 July 2000
I was immediately attracted to Bapsi Sidhwa's observant and gently hunourous style when I started reading this book. From the little I know of it she also managed to capture well the anomalous position of the shrinking Parsi society in the Asian sub-continent. I also found the characters, particularly the Parsi ones, attractive and believable. However, by the time I reached the middle of the book, I began to get bored, feeling that the story line and characters were not really being developed. As a result, the book seemed to peter out. I dithered between two and three stars, but settled for three because of the author's engaging style.