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The Heart of India

The Heart of India

Tully Mark
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For more than twenty years Mark Tully was the BBC Chief of Bureau in Delhi and his name and his voice became synonymous with the country he had made his home. For years he sent back dispatches interpreting the subcontinent to the outside world, but the ‘truth’ of India is remarkably resistant to reportage. Imbued with his love for the country and informed by his vast experience, Mark Tully has woven together a series of extraordinary stories. All the stories are set in Uttar Pradesh and tell of very different lives. Of a barren wife who visits a holy man and subsequently conceives-but is it a miracle or something more worldly? Of a son’s carefully laid plot to take revenge against his father’s murderer, with a surprising twist when his case comes to court. Of a daughter, persuaded by her friends to spurn an arranged marriage, whose romance ends in blackmail. Of a man’s inability to overcome the conventions of caste and go into business, which leads to his wife breaking purdah and taking control of the family. In these and in other stories, Mark Tully delicately probes the nuances of life in India.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Nov/2017

ISBN: 9780140179651

Length : 256 Pages

The Heart of India

Tully Mark
Overview

For more than twenty years Mark Tully was the BBC Chief of Bureau in Delhi and his name and his voice became synonymous with the country he had made his home. For years he sent back dispatches interpreting the subcontinent to the outside world, but the ‘truth’ of India is remarkably resistant to reportage. Imbued with his love for the country and informed by his vast experience, Mark Tully has woven together a series of extraordinary stories. All the stories are set in Uttar Pradesh and tell of very different lives. Of a barren wife who visits a holy man and subsequently conceives-but is it a miracle or something more worldly? Of a son’s carefully laid plot to take revenge against his father’s murderer, with a surprising twist when his case comes to court. Of a daughter, persuaded by her friends to spurn an arranged marriage, whose romance ends in blackmail. Of a man’s inability to overcome the conventions of caste and go into business, which leads to his wife breaking purdah and taking control of the family. In these and in other stories, Mark Tully delicately probes the nuances of life in India.

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Mark Tully was bornin Kolkata and educated in England. He was correspondent for the BBC in SouthAsia for twenty-two years and continues to write and present the popular BBCRadio 4 programme Something Understood.He lives in New Delhi with his colleague and partner Gillian Wright. Togetherthey have worked on a number of books including Mark Tully's highly acclaimed No Full Stops in India, India's Unending Journey and Non-Stop India, as well as two volumesof short stories The Heart of Indiaand Upcountry Tales. Gillian's otherbooks include translations of the modern Hindi classics Raag Darbari by Srilal Shukla, AVillage Divided by Rahi Masoom Reza and MiddleIndia, the selected short stories of Bhisham Sahni. Her non-fiction includesThe Presidential Retreats of India, one of a series of commissioned byRashtrapati Bhavan. She has also authored the children's book Mishti the Mirzapuri Labrador.

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