Temptations of the West is a poetic journey through India and Pakistan and an incisive observation of the processes of globalization and Hindu nationalism which have hugely affected the subcontinent and changed both its social and political culture. Mishra shrewdly observes his compatriots in their strife for money and power albeit without pointing the finger. The author takes care to present the Kashmir conflict from all angles so that instead of simplifying the issue - and thus taking sides - Mishra presents it as an inextricable knot of (party) politics,
religion, economic competition, and personal vendettas.
The book is not for those seeking ready explanations and judgements but for those who wish to explore the subcontinent and learn to understand its culture and people bit by bit.