...this atypical perspective that casts new light on the topics under discussion....well-researched and well-documented yet with Aiyar’s..easy-to-read combination of dialogue, characterization, personal memoir and reaction, interleaved with explanation and analysis....Aiyar has an uncommon ability to analyze and synthesize the non-Western perspective. In addition, while her intended audience is India, her articulation of this perspective is framed in ways that make it entirely accessible to Western readers.

Peter Gordon, Asian Review of Books