I have only given this book 3 stars because I have only read half of it! Alright, maybe, this is being unfair to a most interesting book. I was reading it in bed, and every now and then I would fall asleep (no reflection on the book's contents; it was the result of trying to read when too tired). When this enormous hardback fell on me, it did so with great force. So, in the interests of my physical well-being, I have set it aside.
This scholar explores many aspects of Hinduism and the peoples of the great sub-continent in an original and often witty way. You will learn a lot from this book, and enjoyably.
If there is a paperback version, get it instead of the hardback!