The colorful, V. I. P. posted, and homely humorous road to Shalimar taken by Wells on this particular excursion is fairly long and winding. Gaily, not too mindful of the deep social questions on which he often lays a rather pretentious finger, be trips first to Karachi where it in his job to do some public relations work for Liaquat All Kahn's visit to the U.S. then back to New York- then manages after a seemingly ""hard"" struggle to go with his wife to Scandinavia, Calcutta and ultimately to the Vale of Kashmir. The motive for the second trip is an opinion poll on Communism, but about as ""opinionsted"" as the book ever gets in the disgust displayed at Britain's lack of . There is pleasant reading though, with interesting bits of information about things like lemmings and Jain temples. Descriptions of the Vale- its seasons, lakes, gardens are strongly piquant to one's sense of the mysterious beauty of far places. Good entertainment for the widely established Carveth Wells audience.