A quote from the author. The book "does not aim to be a definitive guide to India and is merely the perspective of a white western woman. It strikes a chord much more with travellers than locals. ... I felt writing it that I had to be honest - the book is a journey from a superficial reaction to the country and a dislike towards a deep love that comes from some perspective and a greater (but by no means complete) understanding. I found in India that facts are particularly hard to verify. One person's fact is another person's untruth. The book is my truth only and doesn't pretend to be anything more than that."