I would give this book 3 stars. The character development was strong. But I was dissatisfied with the ending. I would have liked to have read of the reunion or the friends in the states, follow up on Iqbal and Mumtaz (who may have been my favorite character of the book). The whole premise of the book was to reunite friends who had spent many years apart, the struggle to make it happen, but are left with a plane leaving India. As a reader I anticipated a plane leaving India and had spent 300+ pgs waiting to read of the reunion that didn’t play out. An epilogue here would have been much appreciated. It was the ending that dropped the rating for me.