The initial Author's Note made me think that this was going to be a book of stories about women in general, and it even sounded like an apology for what may be ahead. It almost turned me off, but I decided to find out what was so special about the characters and their doings.
I have to admit that it is not usual to read about lesbian or gay themes without erotic sexual details. Ms Dutta was able to leave enough to the imagination while stressing the message of women's right to freedom to choose in all aspects of their life, especially in modern India. This was a surprise for me, as my idea of India's inhabitants' romantic life ended in song and dance rather than sex -- Bollywood at work.
Don't get me wrong. This is not an exclusive lesbian-themed book. It deals with all the struggles women from India have to face in order to survive in a mostly male-dominated environment.
My favourite story was "The Heart is the Garden of Eternal Spring," which touched me in a personal fashion.
The author's technique of dividing each short story into chapters made for easy reading which, accompanied by India English made the experience worthwhile.