Hmm. I haven't - despite hearing so much about this book (other than the synopsis, actually!) - never got around to reading it. But if you recommend it over Midnight's Children, I will read it. Also because I find it intriguing to see how one person can practise two monotheistic religions in conjunction with Hinduism! ;-)
Oh, dear, I hate this - someone whose opinion I value reading something on my recommendation! :)That said, it is a sweeter, more positive book than Rushdie's. The monotheistic/pantheistic curiosity you describe was by far the biggest pull for me, and the issue is looked at in the early part of the book, but it's not central to the story.