An interesting subtext of the novel concerns people escaping from their backgrounds. Charlie the wannabe rock star escapes from affluent suburbia, Karim escapes from his crazy father, Haroon escapes into yoga, buddhism and the arms of a one-breasted woman from his northern Indian, Muslim past and even Karim's mum moves away from the indocentric path her life has inescapably taken when Haroon is out of the picture, escaping, perhaps into normality.

I'd dispute the racism tag this boook is trendily labelled with - it's really much more about the comfort of the familiar and the way people react badly when confronted with the strange.