Most of the short stories are characterized by recurring themes of Indians trying to cope with an alien way of life in America and the subtle identity crisis triggered in one by a life away from one's homeland. Barring a few vivid descriptions of various cultural idiosyncrasies, there is nothing striking about any of the stories. Neither do the stories achieve any emotional resonance of sorts nor is there any strong overarching message one can perceive from a peremptory reading of the collection. A distinctly lacklustre style of writing doesn't help the reader tide over lack of interest either. I only felt some semblance of a connection with the stories of Mr Pirzada, Bibi Haldar and The Third and Final Continent
. Rest are completely forgettable.