My initial impressions about the author - nice writing skills, knows how to play around with words.
I started reading this book a couple of days back, and kept reading, chapter by chapter wondering what is the connection. There was an obvious disarray and zero connection between the characters. Each chapter was introducing new characters and comfortably forgotten the ones in the previous chapter.
I was imagining that at some point the author will bring the characters together and point out what the connection was.
What I actually didn't actually realize was that the book was a collection of short stories :D ! If I had known that earlier and read it as only a collection of short stories, I would have liked it better.
Life of Bengal Indians settled in the US, UK are things which are obviously common amongst all of them. Then there's relationships, affairs, partition and life in general.
Sometimes, I felt there was just too much detail, but, I think that was maybe required because they were short stories.
Later, I learnt it had won the pulitzer award. Definitely worth a one time read.