I was going to write a review of this book but I now feel completely upstaged by Jane's infinitely better written review of Midnight's Children. So I'll write this instead:
Red Earth and Pouring Rain is an Indian Saga set in multiple centuries and it's huge and great and a wonderful read. But if you're only going to read one Indian novel this year, make it Midnight's Children. Read Red Earth and Pouring Rain next year, because it's still a cracker of a book.
And read Jane's review instead of mine because it's better too. Seriously, a great review.