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Mark Tully
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14 Sep 1992

India’s Westernized elite, cut off from local traditions, ‘want to write a full stop in a land where there are no full stops’. From that striking insight Mark Tully has woven a superb series of ‘stories’ which explore Calcutta, from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (probably the biggest religious festival in the world) to the televising of a Hindu epic. Throughout, he combines analysis of major issues with a feel for the fine texture and human realities of Indian life. The result is a revelation.

'The ten essays, written with clarity, warmth of feeling and critical balance and understanding, provide as lively a view as one can hope for of the panorama of India.’ K. Natwar-Singh in the Financial Times

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (14 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140104801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140104806
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bed tea or chota hazari (small breakfast), as we used to know it when I was a child in Calcutta during the last days of the raj, is one of the luxuries of my life in India. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars No one like Mark Tully 14 Aug 2002
By S. Yogendra VINE VOICE
There is a little anecdote about Mark Tully from the days before television. If you went to an Indian village and said you were from BBC, they would ask if you were Mark Tully. If the answer was No, the villagers were disappointed. Such is the charm of Mark Tully and the place he enjoys in hearts and minds of many Indians, who grew up listening to BBC on AM radio.
This book is most interesting in that it is a truthful depiction of the diversity and the finer nuances of India, normally visible or intelligible only to the most sensitive and intelligent of Indian minds and blocked out by most of the middle class, obscured by the daily struggle of living. He touches upon various themes including the continued stigma of untouchability in India, our colonial baggage and how it impacts our love of our own languages (compared to English and by the way the Indian constitution recognises 26 major languages, give and take a few), the Sati, the Kumbh Mela (widely televised in the UK last year).
What is intriguing to most outsiders is how these ancient practices co-exist with the visions of modern India. That is where Mark Tully is different from others. Having spent many years in India, and living now in Delhi, he has not just seen it as tourist interest but as an introspective journalist analysed it all. One of the fascinating results is this book.
Highly recommended if you want to understand the enigma of India (and Indians). If you are the Palace-on-wheels tourist, with all respect (since you bring dollars to the Indian economy), skip it. It might give you an upset stomach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary insight in to the life in india 4 Jan 2002
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This book is an eye openenr for every indian. It throws open new ways of looking at things happening in India. The life , culture and socail fabric have been picturised with a deep insight into the subject. Mark Tully makes the reader think and arrive at his conclusion leaving a deep impression of his thoughts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful portrayal of some aspects of India 11 Oct 2000
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I am a typical modern Indian youth who knows his science and math well but doesn't have a clue about his culture or way of life. This book sparked my interest in learning about my own culture and appreciating it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 19 Nov 2013
By pat
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Excellent read. I like Mark Tully's style and his knowledge of India.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know how India functions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Novice review 18 Nov 2013
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A really good current affairs read without having to worry too much about MT's exaggerations as high lighted in other reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars No full stops in India 4 Oct 2013
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This is a wonderful book for those who love India and need to know more about this wonderful place and its people
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