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No Full Stops in India [Read] ➭ No Full Stops in India By Mark Tully – 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 ‘ Stops in Epub Û 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 No Full eBook × 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 Full Stops in Kindle Ï 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.

About the Author: Mark Tully

Stops in Epub Û Sir William Mark Tully was the Chief of Bureau for the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC in New Delhi for years Schooled in England he stayed mostly in India covering all major incidents in No Full eBook × South Asia during his tenure He was made an Officer of The Order of the British Empire in and was awarded the Padma Shree in a rare distinction for a non Indian He Full Stops in Kindle Ï was knighted in the .

10 thoughts on “No Full Stops in India

  1. Manu Manu says:

    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 ChurchThe 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 essayOne 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 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 personnelColonialism 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 nationIn 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

  2. Ubendran Ubendran says:

    It is not a story it is true things happening happened and going to happen in future alsoMark Tully described the India it's culture and the politics existing in the countryHe shared his days with his maid in Ram Chandra's Story He depicted one of the worlds largest religious gathering in The Kumbh MelaMark 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 militantsAuthor 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 SatiApart from these points he narrated about artists Typhoon persona Ramyana Story defeat of congressman etcOverall the topics clearly describes there is no full stops in India

  3. Amirtha Shri Amirtha Shri says:

    Mark Tully worked with BBC India about 30 years and this book was published in the later half of this stint It is a collection of essays on a motley of topics that assembles the important facets of Indian politics It is shocking how most of the issues are not only relevant but have either stagnated or putrefied with timeThe essay 'The New Colonialism' paints a clear picture of cultural imperialism and how richer Indians buried their own graves and paved way for the plundering of the poor over something of no intrinsic value'The Kumbh Mela' is an interesting essay that talks about the Allahabad Prayag conflict between Hindus and Muslims and how there are rogues for middlemen between God and people 'The Deolara Sati' deals with predicaments ensuing from religious faith These essays clearly show the politicians in power inept and indifferent in handling matters of religion 'The Rewriting of the Ramayan' is an entertaining essay on capitalism marketing and deals with creation of religious identity'Operation Black Thunder' and 'Typhoon in Ahmedabad' deal with terrorism and riots The former is a conseuence of the separatists and the latter is a work of political parties 'The Defeat of a Congressman' is a piece on Digvijay Singh and his political affiliation background ideologies and the political events in his failed careerThe essays are very well written and designed to entertain I could detect some amount of exaggeration bias andor deception in a few paragraphs However it is decently compensated by Tully's comprehensive reporting

  4. Allison Allison says:

    The man I stayed with in Goa reccommended this book for me to read I wanted something about Indian historypoliticsculture 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 cultureThe 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 ueue 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 bookThe Rewriting of the Ramayan is about he intersection of india's film industry religionmythologies and general culture Operation Black Thunder is one of the 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 uestionable 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 uintecentially 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 nd 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

  5. Sourojit Das Sourojit Das says:

    A brilliant collection of articles by the veteran BBC journo covering several important events and some less well known incident during his time in India

  6. Vimal George Vimal George says:

    A collection of ten essays that look into various aspects of the country all ten drawn from the vast experience that Mark Tully has from decades of reporting in India Each essay deals with a specific topic and covers many areas from the Kumbh Mela to communism to Operation Black Thunder Arguing against the typical Western gaze towards India that is a mix of pity and self pride Tully gives a new perspective one that admonishes looking at India through lenses framed in the West While calling for Indian answers to Indian problems he is aware of the distance that he holds from the heart and soul of the 'real India' and asks non Indians and elite Indians to admit the same The book is as easy a read as any non fiction book could get and clearly Tully's experience as a journalist helps here Though his praises for India seem at times a bit too much one might find a subtle legitimation of caste and an undue praise of the non modern non city life and a corresponding rejection of most things Western there is no doubt that this comes from genuine love and respect that the author holds for India and its complexities and chaos While Tully's book might seem to be bordering on fatalism that is not his intention While the book can be criticized for giving a flowery view of India at the expense of the scores of issues that plague the country Tully does throw a lot of light on most of these problems and in a balanced way too but the reader hardly feels that something is wrong This cannot be coincidental Tully needs to be credited for covering as wide a view as possible through these ten essays giving the reader a panoramic view of the mammoth that is India

  7. Little Creature Little Creature says:

    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

  8. Daren Daren says:

    Ten chapters ten essays on aspects of India Published in 1991 shortly after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi it reads a little dated to meSome 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

  9. Ishita Ishita says:

    I can't give a book that has affected the way I think so profoundly less than 4 stars Although the pure political topics were a bit dry this book has opened my eyes in my approach to thinking about my home country and any culture that is different from my ownWhile I won't necessarily recommend this book to anyone without a vested interest in India specifically I found that it came at the right time for me and I was able to truly understand what Mark Tully a retired BBC journalist reporting from the country and current Indian resident was trying to sayIn each chapter he explores various authentic issues in India through journalistic interviews and then presents a wide angle opinion and analysis of the topicI especially enjoyed the chapters about Ram Chander's story the Kumbh Mela and the concept of sati in India

  10. Girl from Mumbai Girl from Mumbai says:

    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 uniue 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

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