The journeying of a gentleman who sought entrance to Eastern homes through an understanding Western heart opens doors in India, Burma, Java and China. Mr. Coates took the time and had the perception necessary to achieve his goal. While he devotes appreciative attention to the meals he enjoyed, he also points up many of the customs and beliefs of his hosts. At a country home in Bengal, a city one in New Delhi, in Burma and China he always notes attitudes, including his own as he progressed East. The Hindu religion, temples of worship, the fate of the Mons in Burma, the attitude of the Chinese toward foreigners are all in his picture of Asia. Relating general impressions to specific encounters, the author offers a book of charm and substance which lacks the immediateness and concentration on ""the new India"" that many of the recent books have and is shy of dates. It is the British India that is described, while the China Coates knew was already being taken over by the Communists.