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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 combinesIndia’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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  • Manu
    2019-01-23 04:19

    A book published in 1991, and so the best part about it is that it involves a fair amount of time travel. It's a collection of 10 essays with an introduction and epilogue that could pass off as mini essays too! While all of the essays are commentaries, what adds that little flavour is the author's own involvement in it, which he somehow manages to balance with a near objective view. The first essay, for instance, involves the marriage of his cook's daughter, and his experience at the village. But it also is about how communities in villages have been solving their own problems even better than the land's relatively new legal system. It thus serves as an example of how we, the 'educated elite' make a clamour for egalitarianism without understanding the positives of the caste system. Cultural imperialism is the theme of the next essay and is brought out through the carvings at Mahabalipuram, and the interaction and friction between British artists (sculptors) and their Indian counterparts, whom they rate slightly lesser- as craftsmen. The essay also touches upon Dalit Christians and how they are discriminated against even within the Church.The Kumbh Mela is what the third essay is about and is a vivid telling of the massive festival. The author spends time with VP Singh's brother, and meets the various people who ply their trade in this enormous festival - the pandas and later, the akharas who look to recruit people or get donations. In this, there is a note of sarcasm that creeps in occasionally, but Tully still manages to capture the faith driven fervour superbly. He has also correctly predicted the potential rise of communal parties towards the end of the essay.One of the most interesting essays is the fourth one, especially for my generation which grew up watching Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan! The author reminded me of the impact of this mega serial long before we had reality TV and TRPs - taxi drivers who knocked on the author's door asking for permission to watch it in his house, cabinet swearing in postponed so everyone could watch it, and so on. He spends 2 days with the Sagars while they're shooting the Uttararamayan section (owing to public demand) and there Ramanand Sagar tells him how he has handled feminists and also the story of his own life. There is an amusing part about the filming of a scene - Lakshman having biscuits between takes, reusing marigolds for extra takes, and so on. Operation Black Thunder is a more serious essay which involves covering the whole event live. This was an era before live TV and omnipresent crews and the author tries to delve deeper into how a section of the Sikhs and the Central and State governments reached this point, with interviews of civil servants and military, police personnel.Colonialism in Calcutta is probably my favourite essay as Tully takes us through the city where Marxism, industries and religion co-exist side by side amidst bare remnants of an earlier era. In between are interesting anecdotes like the Oberoi Hotel's origins. This happens to be the author's birthplace and the affection does really come through. The next one was a surprise since it dealt with a modern day case of Sati and it has never been proved whether it was suicide or murder. The author gets the varying perspectives of the villagers, politicians, civil servants, activists, the extended family, and it does bring out how laws at the end of day, should be made understanding the minds of the people they are made for. Typhoon in Ahmedabad also surprised me but apparently that's the name they use for riots! This is an era before Narendra Modi left his indelible mark and does show that riots existed long before him. The poor - both Hindu and Muslim, seem the most affected in the politically motivated result of a nexus between politicians and the underworld. SEWA's activities also get some space as does Ahmedabad as a city. A journey into Madhya Pradesh in what was the national vehicle of the time - the Ambassador, makes up the next essay. The destination is the village of an artist who has made it (relatively) big in Bhopal with the help of a government program. Jabalpur, the inconspicuous geographical centre of India, represents eminently the feel of a tier 3 city in the mid-late 80s. This essay also covers ground on tribals, their belief systems and I also found what could be the precursor to Arundhati Roy's essays about the Narmada. The last essay is about Digvijay Narain Singh, the politician from Bihar who also happens to be the author's close friend. He belongs to an era when politicians had a conscience, and while you could say that the author is biased, much of the perspective is reportage - opinions from others. The politician's relationships with Nehru, Indira Gandhi are well chronicled and throws light on the kind of politician who took the responsibility of being a public servant seriously. The epilogue is a note on Rajiv Gandhi, and through this, the state of India as a nation. It ends with the news of Rajiv's death and the author's perspective on what this means for a nation.In essence, a wonderful read that gave me insights about a time when I was too young to dwell on things happening around me and events that ultimately affected the present I live in.

  • Ubendran
    2019-01-14 07:04

    It is not a story, it is true things happening, happened and going to happen in future also.Mark Tully described the India, it's culture and the politics existing in the country.He shared his days with his maid in Ram Chandra's Story. He depicted one of the worlds largest religious gathering in The Kumbh Mela.Mark Tully taken me in to the Golden Temple. His cover story on the operation held in Golden Temple he describe who's and who struggled during the Black Thunder operation between police and militants.Author narrate the ruling of communist government for 35 years in Calcutta the so called Kolkata. He wrote about the Sati, a Hindu funeral custom where a widow immolated herself on her husband's pyre, or committed suicide in another fashion shortly after her husband's death. He wrote about a women who followed the Sati and he describe her as a decorated Sati.Apart from these points, he narrated about artists, Typhoon persona, Ramyana Story, defeat of congressman ,etc.Overall, the topics clearly describes there is no full stops in India.

  • Allison
    2019-01-12 04:21

    The man I stayed with in Goa reccommended this book for me to read, I wanted something about Indian history/politics/culture -- and not some white upper-middle class woman's spiritual experience as a tourist or whatever. /No Full Stops In India/ was perfect for me, entertaining essays and insights by a former BBC journalist who truly loved the country. The book is comprised of 10 chapters, plus an introduction and an epilogue. "Ram Chander's Story" is about Tully's servant: his life, their relationship, attending his daughter's marriage. It is a fitting first chapter to the book, gives a taste of the humour, tales, thoughts and insights of a white man absorbing and living in Indian culture."The New Colonialism" deals with the lasting impact of the british raj and how the Indian elite, with their western values, are shaping the country and infiltrating every sector of the culture - sometimes misguidedly. "The Kumbh Mela" is the description of a religious event that is thuroughly Indian. I read this chapter in Hampi in Northern Karnataka the day of a similar festival where I'd gotten so frustrated at the Indians lack of order and masses of humanity that prevented me from getting from one side of a river to another because every time people tried to board a boat, too many got on and it started sinking. Rather than organize the crowd into a queue, they stopped the boat shuttles altogether until the second boat was finished being built.... Enterprising Indians took advantage of the situation and offered to ferry people across in coricles (essentially wicker baskets) to make some easy money. The whole ordeal reminded me of this chapter of the book..."The Rewriting of the Ramayan" is about he intersection of india's film industry, religion/mythologies, and general culture. "Operation Black Thunder" is one of the more political-events focused piecies in the book, about Sikh extreamism and the sensitive way the Indian government police and army deals with religious fundamentalism. "Communism in Calcutta" talks about the crazy politics of India and one groups attempt to revitalize India. "The Deorala Sati" is about a country and caste coming to terms with questionable religious practices, as well as how feminists are seen in India. "Typhoon in Ahmedabad" talks about the shady local politics surrounding riots and religious differences, and highlights the disconect between the politicans and the poor, and the press and the poor. "The Return of the Artist" is a story quintecentially Indian, similar to the opening chapter it is funny but informative at the same time. "The Defeat of a Congressman" is a sad last story about Indian politics and one mans attempt to make good for India despite the beurocracies qnd confusions. Really interesting book, I think Mark Tully provides an interesting view od Indian culture and politics. My main problem I had was the fact that it was written in 1990, and I'm sure a ton has happened in India since them so I'm not sure how much of uis ideas are still totally relevant.

  • Girl from Mumbai
    2019-01-21 22:52

    Written by the last man standing in the line of Burra Sahebs, ‘Sir Mark Tully’s’ “No Full Stops in India” is a collection of 10 essays on his view of India. As an English man born in India and the head of BBC for several years, he offers a unique perspective on both the political and social set-up experienced in his time. His writing covers a lot of different aspects of an India that we may have not experienced. From the life of his servant to the madness of Khumb Mela. From the beginning of Marxism in Calcutta (as it was then known) and the rewriting of epic Hindu poem Ramayana into a very popular TV serial of its time by Ramanand Sagar and his family. He also gives us an first hand view inside the politically charged "Operation Black Thunder" in Amritsar covering both the sides of the Army and the Police. And then unravels the Deorala Sati episode which brought a small village in Rajasthan in the eye of the storm. Every story has been covered dispassionately by him. And it works on a few levels. You end up reading the book objectively as a bystander without getting involved with any of the characters. Not one of the best books on India but a good one to have in your kitty.

  • Dayanand Prabhu
    2019-01-22 01:05

    Mark Tully's analysis of India and its problems are quite disruptive. He makes no attempt to hide the realities, on how more than 30% of India is below poverty line and yet the brown colonists(Mind you that includes even me) are proud of their global identity but fail to address their local problems. This book took me off guard when Tully came out clean as a non hypocrite and accepts the role of the British for much of economic backwardness in India. Although written in 1991 this book is still quite relevant today. One of the most interesting ideas in the book is the outlook that solutions to much of India's problems lies not in discarding its past, but embracing it. Indian religion,customs and traditions have always been evolving to suit the times and thats what we need to do, evolve our pasts to make it relevant for today. What makes this a wonderful read is Tully's Unadulterated love for India and Its people.

  • Devangana Khokhar
    2019-01-12 03:20

    Even though, Michael Woods and Mark Tully are different in terms of their work, one being a historian and another being a journalist dealing with social and political issues, there's a striking similarity in the way they provide an account of India and having liked works by Michael Woods, it was obvious that I would have liked Mark Tully's too. I admire the way Mark Tully has described his explorations about India with utmost clarity of thoughts, keeping aside any sort of personal biases. He has woven the history of Indian society into ten remarkable essays, "The Deorala Sati" and "The Typhoon in Ahmedabad" being my favourite ones. This is a must-read for everyone who is interested in knowing about Indian civilization, different aspects of which cannot be separated by full stops but could only be conjugated with commas.

  • Little Creature
    2019-01-25 04:00

    Time and again I have to run to Britishers to learn about my history or events in recent past. Michael Wood showed me some never seen before places in "Story of India". Mark Tully takes me to 60's and 70's when some of the major events in post-independent India happened and changed the course of history forever. Mark Tully is a journalist and hence his writing comes across as objective. Which is good in a sense you don't want to take any sides and just watch history as it is. Some of his commentary seemed not relevant today, but it must be true in the decades following independence. I particularly like chapters on communism, Ramayan and Operation Black Thunder.

  • Aditya
    2018-12-29 03:56

    The author concludes his introduction with this, " But the western world and the Indian elite who emulate it ignore the characteristic genius of the Indian mind. They want to write a full stop in the land where there are no full stops." Thus, the author hints you that unlike many of his peers , he is not a blind anglophile advocating cultural imperialism. This piece of work is melange of travelogue, social commentary, historical account, and investigative reportage amongst other. The author narrates ten different anecdotes from the length and breath of India. However, the objective is to convey the readers a broader commentary on the complex maze of India's socio-economic landscape. And he does so by extrapolating these anecdotes, which are multifaceted. It takes one through the largest show of assembly Kumbh Mela, narrates how B.R. Chopra's "Mahabharat" became an apparatus of social cohesion, comments on India's long standing relation with superstition through 1989 infamous Deorala Sati case, and expounds the emergence of communism in India inter-alia. The narration is as colourful as the cultural fabric of India. In short, the book is a tribute to the soul of India's "Unity in Diversity".

  • Arushi Srivastava
    2019-01-09 23:59

    A white man rediscovering Indian! - how someone very eloquently and aptly described the book to me. This books feel like its written by an Englishman with not much understanding on the complexities of India. Not really expected of a journalist who has spent a substantial time in India. While there are a few things Mr Tully has rightly identified as a problem in India - for example elite following the west blindly and denigrating their own country, sadly his advice to these "English Speaking"egalitarian elite is to - embrace the caste system and allow religion in politics! Mr Tully also believes the rise of Hindu Fundamentalism in India is because the same elite is taught to "...disturb the religious belief of those who have no hope for any other comfort". Someone really needs to explain to him that these Hindu Fundamentalist and their million supports are on the rise not because they are not allowed to follow cast system and their religious belief in politics, but due to a general belief of the majority community that while the successive govt over the years have claimed to be secular, they have in fact indulged in an unabated minority appeasement policy. Add to this rampant corruption and a complete lack of real development despite modernization and you have the community looking for alternatives, even if it is far right in nature.

  • Bookguide
    2019-01-08 01:15

    If you are interested in the culture of India in the sense of religion, temples, music and dance, this is not the book for you, although there is an interesting chapter on the religious festival the Kumbh Mela, which reminded me of the descriptions of the Egyptian Moulid in Tanta described in Abdel-Hakim Kassen's book The Seven Days of Man. I also enjoyed the chapter about the filming of the Indian soap series which is based on the Hindu Ramayan stories.Each of the ten chapters in Mark Tully's book gives an insightful view into a particular time, place or trend in the India of the 1980s and 1990s including the background and history. Mark Tully was born in Calcutta, brought up in a post-colonial India, educated in Britain, but returned as a journalist who lived there, loved the country, and yet was aware of the fact that he remained an outsider. The essays are journalistic in style, and many of them deal with the politics of the region, but brought down to a human level. In his long career in India, Tully travelled extensively and made many personal contacts and friends whom he was able to interview to gain insight into the way the country ticks. He was often aware that the way India is portrayed in the Western press concentrates on the sensational, and that Western organisations often try to apply Western solutions to India's problems, without being sensitive to a culture which, though it might appear chaotic and inefficient to the sanitised West, has operated more or less successfully for thousands of years, and has never been static but has evolved. In recent years the problems of "cultural imperialism" and lack of sensitivity to other cultures have become more widely recognised, with charities concentrating more on small-scale self-sufficiency and local loans, but these essays were written at the time of top-down, Western-run initiatives such as "Feed the World" money-raising extravaganzas. So Mark Tully's visits to villages were refreshing, as he wrote about the benefits of traditional life, where families and castes looked after each other, and initiatives such as SEWA were helping women set up cooperatives. This sort of grass-roots local charity was not well-known in the West in those days.As he visited various politicians, a "tribal" artist whose work had become popular and other men of standing all over the country, a picture emerged of how successful people financially helped the people surrounding them so that their relative wealth benefitted many others, either by giving money to individuals or building schools, etc. In traditional areas, people still lived in their extended families, and widows were taken in by their husband's extended families, although by Western standards women were not free and widows could not remarry. In the epilogue, written just after the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi, Tully concludes that it was Indira Ghandi's son's lack of understanding of his own country, his Westernised attitudes, even his lack of fluency in Hindi, which were his downfall. By trying to apply a foreign style of democracy instead of working within the age-old Indian methods of subtle diplomacy, backhanders, corrupt officials and personal favours, he was doomed to failure. This seemingly chaotic style and widespread poverty seem from the outside to be problems to be solved, but the real threats are consumerism, the greed of the middle classes which throw the poverty of the masses into stark relief and the demand for Western-style organisation and efficiency which will cause loss of work for the unskilled; the uneducated poor will be even more disadvantaged and less able to achieve their ambitions, however meagre they may seem. Traditional Indian society can be seen as communist with a small c in the way in which it has a place and an occupation for everyone, and it is questionable if a move to Western-style efficiency will solve anything. Can the West claim to know the answers when it is currently plagued by problems of unemployment, poverty and the debate about how far the social security network should go to support people? Perhaps traditional societies have much to teach us."The strength of India lies in the resilience of the poor. That night I, like so many outsiders, had forgotten that the pavement-dwellers of Patna do manage to make lives for themselves, they have families and friends, they have their hopes and their fears. They are to be admired, not pitied. The poor may be fatalists, but this does not mean they have despaired."www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7256347

  • Dr.J.G.
    2019-01-06 04:59

    It is amusing to see the other side of the dilemma of writers who are straddling two separate cultures and while they belong to one they cannot let go of the other, the more dominant one.If one reads the writings of Mark Tully one would not suspect ninety nine out of a hundred times that he was not from India, or that he did not belong to India, in fact more than ninety nine times out of hundred - it is probably close to once in a few thousand times that one gets a little clue of the sort.But often the clue is almost as if was necessary for a card carrying person to prove his membership for some reason other than his heart or mind or spirit, and that is the amusing part.One reads the Kumbha Melaa chapter (spelling changed here for correct pronounciation for those that are not from India) and one is put off by the strictly "outsider" look he strives to maintain, and one wonders if he would be equally aloof or dispassionate writing about Lourdes or Vatican (that word is too close to Vatika, garden, to be a coincidence; it probably is not one) and so forth, or is it a difference of what attitude one employs towards faith of those that dominate the world and those that do not.One reads the chapter on cultural exchange, and he is amazingly witty in giving you the precise impression he formed without a word against the fraud going on, the exploitation or the worry about general erosion or danger of loss of a precious tradition of art.And then in a moment of mentioning a small thing of his feeling he gives away his heart open to the reader that can read between the lines. One knows where his heart, his spirit belongs, all the rest - history and colonial heritage and clubbing and society notwithstanding.Least one can say about his writing, at least about this one, is that it is easy to read, informative, and brings home the atmosphere as if one is there with him in his stories, going through it all oneself Which is not always pleasant, what with western penchant for going into unpleasant details, often quite unnecessarily.But then again this is what their style is - I remember German tourists going on and on photographing Harlem before it was cleaned up and our German neighbours doing their best to ridicule and disdain our visit to London ("it is so dirty, it took a week for my daughter to wash off the pollution out of her hair, did you see the Queen?" and so forth).But, as I said, that is the least one can say. There is much more that one can say about his writing that would be generally favourable, and one could go on praising it to the sky without giving a clue of its worth. It is better to read it than read about it or write about it.He mentions his early years being spent in India and his sense of belonging carefully, and then refrains from wearing his heart on his sleeve since that would be perhaps considered less than a reasonable attitude, and he is hiding much of it carefully behind an urbane and carefully maintained exterior, lest anyone see his heart, although those that can read have no reason to be fooled. (Original review November 6, 2008.(Lost by Shelfari for some reason?))

  • Manisha
    2019-01-04 23:18

    Anecdotes bundled together give insights about India how it was in different times post-independence. There are landmark stories embodying religious, social, political, cultural aspects of India. How rural India was transforming when urban India was trying to catch the fastest pace as it could. Almost all the stories are taken from rural parts of India with some exceptions to cover inter-religion issues. Writing is exceptionally gripping. I wanted to finish the book in one sitting. Many a times as an Indian, the opinions made by Mark can be disagreeable but still being an Indian I have not traveled or concentrated on my entourage and changes happening in India as much as he has focused and internalized in his life to know the country and thus, I take most of his remarks and comments honestly true. Thank you Mark for giving such an impressive and informative read.

  • Renuka Govind
    2019-01-09 07:07

    'No Full Stops in India', written by Mark Tully is an eye-opener. Mark Tully was a BBC journalist of India for 20 years and chronicles of his experiences has been outlined in this book. The language is simple and flowing. Tully has managed to touch almost all the aspects of Indian people and culture. He has given importance to all the subjects, including a simple servant of his house as well as cultural extravaganza such as Kumbh Mela. It is very refreshing to read this book and get to know very aspects of Indian culture and politics. His in-depth knowledge of Hindi is surprising as well as admirable. Its a must read for those who want to know India.

  • Chhaya Methani
    2019-01-22 01:52

    I am surprised by the extent of insightful literature produced by the British on India. This book is another great addition to that saga, a collection of short essays on India and it's many eccentric customs as viewed by the foreign eye. Many things that we take for granted, and many others the details of which we sometimes miss even while staying in India are described with attention to all view points. I found the chapter on the Kumbh Mela to be particularly fascinating, many of it's details were unknown to me previously. It's a good book to be added to your collection.

  • Gurleen Kaur
    2019-01-16 23:05

    Sir Mark Tully's writings portray an India most of us do not know about, or worse, turn a blind side to. It is ironical that we protest over things like culture appropriation by a music band but we do not know what really 'makes' our country.These 10 essays are a good place where one could begin, written with clarity that comes with great journalism, and keeping intact the human face of everyday interactions with people that make India, 'India'. This was the second book that i read by this author, and it turned out to be yet another insightful read.

  • Sangeetha Kodithala
    2019-01-01 07:01

    I've taken to reading books based on Indian history lately, and loved this book in that sense. Mark Tully puts some important events in post-independence Indian history in perspective with his stories around people and places involved in the events.He has a strong pro-India, pro-Hindu perspective, so some of his ideas may not go down well with a lot of people. But read from the circumstances and a British journalist's point of view, I was quite impressed that he could relate to so many things Indian.

  • Rogue Reader
    2019-01-15 03:08

    The book's blurb says, "An unsentimental tribute to India by its best-loved Englishman." I don't know, to me it is more a British journalist exercising his post-colonial views; sometimes the writing is shaped by patronizing and superior lens of wealth, experience and exposure. Some of Tully's chapters are remarkable: the frantic religiosity of the celebration at the Ganges, the filming of the television series. Others are painful.

  • Frank O'donnell
    2019-01-18 23:00

    Through parables of social and economic upheaval across India in the late 1980s, Tully warns against appropriating Western materialism and consumerism wholescale as the new benchmark of Indian modernity, as his contemporary Fukuyama was then arguing. An indigenous adaptation must be allowed to take place. This is unobjectionable, but some aspects - the sati episode, which Tully strenuously fails to condemn but instead reports all sides - can surely be left behind.

  • Abishek
    2019-01-20 06:20

    The strongly worded introduction makes you realize how in the name of development and progress, we as Indians are losing grip on our origin and sustenance. The various stories itself are just lengthy anecdotes of the people the author meets in his travels. He thinks that by narrating the story of these people the morals and the lessons are implied to the reader. I for one, could not get the point of some chapters.

  • Vaarun Dhingra
    2019-01-10 23:20

    A brilliant book by Mark Tully who was working as a journalist for the BBC, this book was published in 1991 and therefore deals with a lot of the things that were making news back then. The chapters on the Sati and Operation Black Thunder were revelations to me as I had no idea they had happened. The other chapters that I loved were on the riots in ahmedabad, the death of a congressman, the kumbh mela and the artist. A must read.

  • Mayank
    2019-01-25 02:57

    Tully was born in a nuclear family in India. His English environment, education in Europe, and experiences prepared a fertile ground where his love and reverence for India germinated and continues to grow. By the age of 79 he has lived for 49 years in India and during these years he has so much Indianised himself that the eastern religious ideas of karma and reincarnation don’t appear alien to him.

  • Daren
    2019-01-16 05:12

    Ten chapters, ten essays on aspects of India. Published in 1991, shortly after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, it reads a little dated to me.Some chapters were great - Ram Chander's Story, The Kumbh Mela, Operation Black Thunder & The Deorala Sati were the best, a few others were good, but the purely political essays were less appealing.

  • Manu
    2019-01-21 04:57

    Did not hold me for long. Tried really hard to finish it but eventually gave up.Gives good narration of various events. The good part of the book was that it did not go about the usual route of claiming caste, religion etc in India are outdated and in principle bad. Made me question about their relevance and why it could be good.

  • Niloy Mitra
    2018-12-30 05:09

    One of those books which are hard to put down. Each chapter can be thought of as a view into a different world, a set of new characters with their own aspirations and measures of success/failures. A book that got me thinking. Learned a few things about India in 1980s, information which otherwise is a bit hard to track down.

  • Maitreye Parashar
    2019-01-16 05:22

    Mark Tully talks about a whole range of Social and political issues in pre liberalised India. His inquiry is non partisan, the sort that we don't see in contemporary main stream journalism. It is hardly a surprise that so many of issues that plague India in 2015 can be clearly understood from the vantage point of Mark Tully's book.

  • Harsh
    2019-01-03 01:06

    A travel writer's job is to make the reader forget about the writer's presence while digging deeper into the subject's life. This book fails to do that. Tully's omnipresence bothers me - there's too much of him and what he thinks, it doesn't allow the reader to think and draw conclusions for himself.

  • Ayush Jain
    2019-01-01 04:58

    I learned from the book that the problems of India are localised to India and they should be solved keeping in mind the social, political structure of this country rather than implementing the ready made solution which have been applied in west in past

  • Dinesh singh rawat
    2018-12-26 01:06

    According to me, one of the most knowledgeable person on India.Book is written in the from of stories of author's experience. As an urban Indian how little we know about my country. Book wrote more than 20 years earlier, but still it is in some sense true about india.

  • Edwina D'souza
    2019-01-25 00:56

    Wanted to read something on India so purchased this one. Subjective but I felt that the stories were dated. One could look at it as time travel but it didn't work for me. Of the 10 essays, I most enjoyed The Kumbh Mela, The Rewriting of the Ramayan and The Deorala Sati.

  • Samanvay Sinha
    2019-01-19 05:53

    This is a collection of essays dating back to 1990s when India was beginning to open up.They touch upon the realities of life in different stratas of society and regions in those times.Most of which are still relevant today.