This is not just another novel that you come across, this is serious, I just couldn't believe myself when I got to know that this was Arundhati Roy's first novel. It was truly deserving for the booker prize. This is not one of those novels that you pick up and finish in one go.You'll be carried along In to a journey, you'll feel pain of the characters and feel joy in their happiness. The phrases and the style of writing is ingenious. You may find it a little bit hard to keep up with certain character names, but you will never ever regret reading this book.