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No Full Stops in India – tekijä: Mark…

No Full Stops in India (vuoden 1991 painos)

– tekijä: Mark Tully (Tekijä)

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A collection of essays, which explore Calcutta, from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad to the televising of a Hindu epic. It combines analysis of major issues with a feel for the fine texture and human realities of Indian life.
Teoksen nimi:No Full Stops in India
Kirjailijat:Mark Tully (Tekijä)
Info:Viking Pr (1991), 352 pages
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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. ( )
  allisonneke | Dec 17, 2013 |
Tully is a respected veteran reporter on the Indian scene with impeccable connections at the political level, and on the personal level - he was born in Calcutta. In this book he examines the huge canvas of Indian political and social life through a series of essays that capture incidents large and small. But whether he is talking about the wedding of his employee´s daughter in a small village, or the assasination of political leaders, Tully draws in threads of history and character. He places the small story in its context in the big themes of history, and reminds the reader - through some detail that other´s have not thought worth telling - of the personal tragedies and triumphs behind the headline stories. Tully has a great affection for India, despite it´s faults, and has written a book that lays them both before the reader in very honest terms. ( )
  nandadevi | Apr 4, 2012 |
I've always been impressed by Mark Tully, whenever I've seen him on TV or read his work in the media, but this was the first time I had read one of his books, and I'm certainly glad I did. He is the perfect authority on his subject - knowledgeable, sensitive, and just far-removed enough to be able to cut through a lot of the petty politics others find it impossible to avoid.

In this collection of essays, Tully looks at 'modern' living in India - though this was written in the nineties, so it is a touch dated now - including rural life, art, politics and religion in India. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Sep 15, 2008 |
Mark Tully was for many years the BBC's India correspondent. He has spent his whole life in India, and knows it and it's people, politics, and religions better than any other westerner. A totally brilliant observer, he shows you India with all its noise, dirt, history, beauty, and mysteriousness. A fantastic read for anyone who is going to India, has been to India or is even slightly interested in India. ( )
  herschelian | Jan 22, 2007 |
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Tully's profound knowledge and sympathy (he has been BBC's India correspondent for 20 years) unravels a few of the more bewildering and enchanting mysteries of the subcontinent.

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