This is the kind of book which will delight even people (like me) who don't usually buy short stories. It's probably because the three pieces here are so beautifully written, so complete and rounded and with such powerful and lasting images that they might as well be three full novels in their own right.
They are all set in India of different times, but India is merely the back-stage of the stories: the sounds and smells and the light as it were. The rest is human life, intriguing, fascinating and enchanting. A wonderful little book - I highly recommend it!