A bunch of short stories, the first part based in India and the rest based in the west. Wonderful, simple writing. Without touching the heights of writing that he is capable of Rushdie still manages to capture so much in so little words. Being an Indian, I particularly appreciated and enjoyed the stories set in India. The villages, the people and their habits, the very specific problems of those days. Rushdie manages to capture the essence of the Indian culture so effortlessly. He truly is a great writer.