No Full Stops in India
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No Full Stops in India

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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.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 15th 2000 by Penguin Group(CA) (first published June 1st 1991)
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Manu Prasad
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. Bu...more
Allison
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 relat...more
Devangana Khokhar
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...more
Little Creature
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 comment...more
Bookguide
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 b...more
Dayanand Prabhu
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 q...more
Frank O'donnell
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.
Mayank
Jan 30, 2014 Mayank added it
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.
Renuka
'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...more
Helen
Love the way Tully writes, he's a legend, the chapter on the Mela was incredible.
Sangeetha Kodithala
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 In...more
Sukumaran
really good book
Vaarun Dhingra
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.
Abishek
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.
Manu
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
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.
Satendra Kumar
Stories relevant to the contemporary events. The essays on the variety of topics ranging from Hindutva to deep south Indian politics. Criticism and comment on the decisions of the contemporary government are the one which got most of my attention.
Nice Book. Recommended.
Dinesh singh rawat
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.
Ayush Jain
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
Sigma
Best only for readers for whom India is a foreign land. Contains detailed description of some of the most intriguing events unique to India.

Not sure of others, but the chapters could not keep my interest. I was almost dragging myself through the book.
Nikita Jayswal
great book. simple day to day life stories from the different parts of india. the simplicity of the people and places make it extremely interesting. looking forward to reading the next book by mark - non stop india!
Mayur
Amazing book,it depicts different aspects of Indian culture,viewpoints through a set of different stories.

What to say about Sir Mark Tully now, he has always written realities about India in his books
Susan
Insightful and elegant. I read thi book so long ago, that all i can remember is that I did not get irritated with it..at that time I was easily annoyed by foreiners writing about India!
Shelley
As the BBC's head of their Delhi bureau, no non-Indian writes about India like Tully. Very clear and accessible.
Deepak S
short stories......but a different viewpoint.......good for a train journey
Will
Read it a long time ago but rememeber enjoying it a lot.
Deepak
Aug 30, 2012 Deepak added it


A must read for journalists!
Rocky Dahiya
Mark Tully knows his India well!
Pavan
A brilliant book on India.
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Sir Mark Tully (born 24 October 1935 in Calcutta, India) was the Chief of Bureau, BBC, New Delhi for 22 years. Schooled in England, he stayed mostly in India covering all major incidents in South Asia during his tenure. He was made an Officer of The Order of the British Empire in 1985 and was awarded the Padma Shree in 1992, a rare distinction for a non-Indian. He was knighted in the 2002 New Year...more
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