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Author: Mark Tully
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9781846040177
Born in India and educated in Britain, Mark Tully is a citizen of two countries and two cultures, both of which have shaped his thinking and given him a unique perspective on the world today. In this thoughtful and remarkable book, he shares the formative experiences of his British Raj upbringing, his public school years and early vocation as a priest, his distinguished broadcasting career and his fascination for India's tradition, as well as its modern way of doing things.
Through interviews and anecdotes, he embarks on a journey that investigates the many faces of India, from the untouchables of Uttar Pradesh to the skyscrapers of Gurgaon, from the religious riots of Ayodhaya to the calm of a university campus. And he contrasts his findings with our lives in the West, especially in Britain and Ireland, as individuals, as members of communities, as citizens of our countries, and as people of the globe.
India is changing very fast and will soon become one of the world's most influential nations, alongside China and America. As one of the subcontinent's pre-eminent commentators, there can be no better guide to its ways than Mark Tully. In fascinating, accessible style, he shows us the many lessons he has learned from India and, most importantly, what he believes India has yet to teach us about the way we deal with economic growth and poverty relief, environmental issues, education, management and democracy. As he explains, India's journey is the journey of us all, towards a future in which we must draw deeply upon our spiritual and material resources, and strive to find a balance in the face of uncertainty.
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2. Marlborough: and education in absolutes
3. Delhi: an Indian understanding
4. Raipur: a god too small
5. Cambridge: lessons in humility
6. Maynooth: losing faith
7. Khajuraho: the sensual and the sacred
8. The Global Village: in search of balance
9. Gurgaon: never-ending growth
10. Darjeeling: counting costs
11. Varanasi: the unity of opposites