This book is the account of a friendship between Kamala Das, a great artist and a great Indian woman, and her Western interlocutor, M. Weisbord. This is not a biography -- it is more interesting than that. Through the author's eyes, we encounter the enigmatic, charismatic Kamala Das. We enter the story as visitors to Kerala. Kamala Das (seen through Weisbord's Canadian eyes) is eccentric, unpredictable and hard to understand. She asks for an assistant, yet prefers to have her mail unanswered. She claims to be a libertine, yet is stubbornly worshipful of her homosexual, sadistic husband. She also disapproves of Weisbord's live-in love relationship. She claims to like solitude, yet never discourages hordes of fans who besiege her apartment. She worships Hindu gods, after she converts to Islam. Weisbord is unfazed, as she knows she is in the presence of a literary titan. Throughout the story, Kamala Das reveals her life, her daily activities, her concerns. In two trips to the Canadian countryside, she reveals her playful and friendly side. It is amazing how Canadian writer Weisbord makes herself overcome the sheer cultural difference of her culture from Kerala society and comes up with this portrait-memoir.