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@Read Pdf ⚤ India in Slow Motion  Mark Tully is incomparable No one has a greater understanding of the passions, the contradictions, the humour, the tragedy and the staggering resilience that constitute India In his long awaited new book, he delves further than ever before into this country of one billion people Covering subjects as diverse as Hindu extremism, bonded child labour, Sufi mysticism, the crisis in agriculture, the persistence of political corruption and the problem of Kashmir, he paints a picture of India at once poignant, funny, startling and deeply humane I will say only one thing, I am now going to read all the books on India by Mark Tully That should be enough for the review. it is first of all his sympathy to India second Tully knowledge of india shrines.as a fellow traveler in India forthan 40 years i can just admire the india that he is able to reveal. I almost lost interest in this book after reading the first chapter on Ram Janma Bhumi and Hindu politics The Reinvention of Rama It seemed like an extension of the stuff one reads in the papers all the time So I set the book aside and didn t return to it until very recently While flipping through it once again, I happened to see a chapter on Creating Cyberabad ie Hyderadab in the time of Chandrababu Naidu s reign Mark Tully had met with the CM and also interviewed many of his critics I almost lost interest in this book after reading the first chapter on Ram Janma Bhumi and Hindu politics The Reinvention of Rama It seemed like an extension of the stuff one reads in the papers all the time So I set the book aside and didn t return to it until very recently While flipping through it once again, I happened to see a chapter on Creating Cyberabad ie Hyderadab in the time of Chandrababu Naidu s reign Mark Tully had met with the CM and also interviewed many of his critics who believed his IT revolution was nothing but a sham and that unless he tackled problems at the ground level, he would fail That seems very prophetic now.There are two other chapters that held my attention One on the carpet industry in Mirzapur and apparent child labour involved in it and another one on Nizammuddin and the Sufi saints.Then there s a chapter on the Kashmir valley and Mark Tully also manages an interview with Farukh Abdulla, the then CM who he catches in an extremely irate mood There s an interesting chapter here on Water Harvesting projects taken on by some draught prone villages in Gujarat, driven by dynamic and innovative men.One that I found particularly engaging was the chapter on Tehelka s expose of corruption in defense deals Mully meets Joseph Tehelka s man who actually carried out the sting operation and gets some precious dope.Chapters like A Tale Of Two Brothers that talks about V P Singh and his brother and Farmer s Reward are mildy engaging but nothing exceptional all the same Tully and his co writer Gillian Wright are privy to English breakfasts at their European friend s house in Mirzapur and are generally taken care of by hospitable people anywhere they travel in India, by people only too overwhelmed to have the ex BBC man among them Tully takes on the obvious themes on India but digs deep enough to give readers aindepth perspective on these aspects For example, most of us know about the farmer s plight in India but Tully goes a littlefurther in talking to people, exploring matters and looking into possible solutions Admirably, Tully is in no haste to make judgments and for most time, merely presents the facts as a balanced observer Of course when truth stares at him in face, he seldom hesitates from making some strong points He s particularly scathing in his criticism of the bureaucracy and corruption that are eating into the country s progress and posing biggest hurdles in its development All the same, there isn t the same warmth in the writing as say a Shashi Tharoor when he talks on India but neither is there any trace of detached neutrality and pessimism of a V S Naipaul.Mark Tully demonstrates genuine interest in the well being of a country that he s reported forthan 25 years and most part, this is a fairly engaging read, even if doesn t offer anything vastly original or unknown.http www.sandyi.blogspot.com Sometimes I feel, that it s a miracle that India is a single country We, the people of a nation, are so different from each other, not only in the language we communicate or culture we abide by, but also our thoughts and actions Of course, there are many similarities, but those similarities also prevail across the borders I don t know what exactly is that binding force that has held this country together, but whatever it is, it has done a pretty good job so far As much I am perplexed by it, Sometimes I feel, that it s a miracle that India is a single country We, the people of a nation, are so different from each other, not only in the language we communicate or culture we abide by, but also our thoughts and actions Of course, there are many similarities, but those similarities also prevail across the borders I don t know what exactly is that binding force that has held this country together, but whatever it is, it has done a pretty good job so far As much I am perplexed by it, I am proud of it as well.With a vast manifold historical background, every part of India has a unique tale associated with it It takes an open minded and observant traveler to move through various parts of this great country and still have an unbiased, un extrapolated opinion about the happenstances and oddities Sir Mark Tully, the award winning English Indian journalist is one of those openminds His book India in Slow Motion gives that undiluted information about India s progress and disgress in last few years, covering from the religious conflicts centered around Ram Janmabhumi, to high level corruptions in different government functionaries from influence of IT in India s economic growth, to the Kashmir conflicts.Every essay of this book presents a perfect reflection of our own dilapidated, yet shining at parts society.A good read, evenif not an eye opening or revolutionary one