No Full Stops in India Paperback – 14 Sep 1992
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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.
I also recommend Norman Lewis' "Omnibus", the works of Koenraad Elst, Will Durant's "Oriental Heritage" and the books on India by V.S. Naipaul and Francois Gautier.
Time and hindsight have rendered his essays quite outdated and obsolete. This book was written just before the liberalisation of the Indian economy. Although progress has been sporadic, the few steps that India has taken forward have all been through the embrace of modern technology and globalisation. Yes, there will be critics of this approach just as Mr. Tully opposes favouring English; India still has huge infrastructure and human resource developmnet issues to be sorted out, but things have certainly changed for the better, away from the legendary "Hindu rate of growth".
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know how India functions.
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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 reviewsPublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by M. Foster
This is a wonderful book for those who love India and need to know more about this wonderful place and its peoplePublished on 4 Oct. 2013 by compulsive reader
A good book with an interesting take on India. while I did not agree with some of the argumentation it was still a very good readPublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by Tayary