first of all: this book IS magnificent ...
during my stay in India I have read a lot of books by those very gifted contemporary Indian authours like Rushdie, Kiran, Gosh, Suri among others.
A fine balance is one of the most beautiful, terrific, hilarious and epic of all of them.
There are a lot of reviews already that try to recommend that book - i strongly support them.
In case somebody is searching for others intelligent and interesting, humorous and sad books I highly recommend "the age of shiva" by Manil suri, too.
I loved that book almost the same way I did and do "a fine balance".
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