Rohinton Mistry is the author of two books I've raved about, Family Matters and A Fine Balance. Consequently, I was eager to read this bookring book, his first published work, a collection of short stories. My assessment: Exactly what you might expect from a great author's first published work, especially from a great author's first published collection of short stories: hints of greatness. Not every story was magnificent, mind you, but there were enough hints of greatness to lead one to expect future brilliance. All the stories, further, tie together, and all have a common setting of an apartment complex in Bombay. Very, very good.