When he first mentioned the idea for this book, I must confess I was somewhat sceptical. I understood the seed. I didn't understand how the method of Defoe's Memoirs of a Cavalier was going to be woven in. The canvas was the Indian economy, post-Independence, but with some historical elements thrown in. How would this gel with a story told in the first person by a person who began by selling Vicks and went on to become the CEO of Procter & Gamble India? I was wrong. This is a great book to read.