A rich blend of stories and poems can be found within the pages of this compilation. These stories are dramatic and comedic in nature. Tales such as the “The Chai Pot” allow the customs of the West to confront traditions of the East when a European physician brings modern medicine to a village in India. The reader will then be entertained by other exciting tales. Two poor children dream of escaping to a rich land in “Yaguine and Fode”. However, their journey is fraught with danger. In “The Family Nest”, a young man is about to leave for college. But, he soon finds out in a humorous way that it is not easy to leave home. In “Woman,You Are Mine!”, a man tries to find the ultimate love in his life but instead finds something completely different. In the story “The Eclipse”, a family deals with the loss of a loved one in the September 11, 2001 tragedy. Finally, the poem “The Soul Tree” takes us to a place between night and day. It is a place that shows us the ultimate theme that binds the stories within this book. It is a theme of humanity and the value of life.