Subtitled “Life and Love in India,” it is written by an American journalist who lived in India for several years in her 20s. The book is not a a funny-style travel memoir but it is well written and informative. I found it very interesting, particularly since my young coworker has given me insights into life as a Canadian Indian woman. (See my blog about her wedding.)
After finishing the book, I went looking for reviews. I found one quite negative one and another positive one. The website of the positive reviewer has a lot of interesting South Asian content, but seems to be a good general book-review site. Curiously she wrote a rhapsodic review of The Secret Daughter, whose characters I found stereotypical and annoying.
That is why I prefer to read reviews after the book, and also why I avoid much analysis when I make my own recommendations.