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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (14 Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140104801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140104806
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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The essays in this book are well-written and entertaining. However, it should also be noted that Mark Tully is not always objective in his writings. As Francois Gautier pointed out, when writing on the persecution of the Kashmiri Pandits and their expulsion from Kashmir, he was "always accusing the [Indian ] Government to lie about the Pakistani involvement in Kashmir, always speaking about 'Indian controlled Kashmir', always taking the stand of the 'Muslim oppressed' community in the Valley of Kashmir, but never speaking aloud about the atrocities committed on the Hindus by the Muslims."

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.
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Excellent book, which explores a number of encounters which Mark Tully has had in his many years in India. He covers the practise of Sati excellently, an gives a real eye-opener to those of us to have misunderstood its nature and popularity. A very thoughtful book, written by someone who obviously understands a great deal about the Indian people.
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Mark Tully is such a knowledgeable writer on India. This is a good book to read for an insight into what the country is like.
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If I had read this book around the time it was published (the early nineties), I may have agreed with certain opinions expressed in this book but overall would have felt that this was not significantly different from others' efforts at capturing a snapshot of India's usual suspects of problems and stereotyped 'contrasts and contradictions'. Quite unsettling is Mr. Tully's view that India should maintain some links to its caste system and blind religious belief and superstition as the proverbial "opium for the masses" who have no other hope.

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".
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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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