I suddenly unearthed a treasure trove of travelogues in the Barbican library, and this was the first one I tackled, purely on the basis that I’d just returned from Indian and could/should have some views of my own against which to judge Mark Tully’s analysis.
That said, my week in northern India only allowed me the slightest exposure to Indian culture and customs, nothing on a par with Mark Tully’s years of experience borne of living and working as a journalist there.
The book is a dry read, but the arguments are well put and are accompanied by anecdotes that illustate the issues and events under discussion, from corruption, to poverty, to belief.
I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to try to understand how India is today, how it got there, and what its options might be for the future. You don’t have to visit to experience the frustration!
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