Sir Mark Tully is one of the world's leading writers and broadcasters on India, and the presenter of the much loved radio programme 'Something Understood'. In this fascinating and timely work, he reveals the profound impact India has had on his life and beliefs, and what we can all learn from this rapidly changing nation. Through interviews and anecdotes, he embarks on a journey that takes in the many faces of India, from the untouchables of Uttar Pradesh to the skyscrapers of Gurgaon, from the religious riots of Ayodhya to the calm of a university campus. He explores how successfully India reconciles opposites, marries the sensual with the sacred, finds harmony in discord, and treats certainty with suspicion.
About the Author: The author is now 85 years of age and has been a life-long resident of Metro Atlanta Georgia. She was educated in Atlanta schools and graduated in mid-World War II, and became employed as a secretary to a navel officer until the war was over. After that she continued in various secretarial positions and then returned to law school and graduated first with an LL.B. degree and then an LL.M. degree. She also completed the Dale Carnegie course of public speaking. The next ten years were spent working in the legal field. Afterwards she was employed by the Internal Revenue Service for 5 years (taking all their tax courses) and then began an accounting and income tax business, which she owned and operated for 20 years. It was a successful endeavor and she sold the business and retired. Her interest in writing began in High School where she wrote for her school paper. She was active in civic affairs in both Metro Atlanta and the city and was on the board of directories of her business sorority Zeta Beta Chi, was elected to the board of director of her church Lake Arrowhead Chapel for two and half terms and has been active in her church for many years having taught Sunday school classes for both children and adults. Early in her career she met and married her soul mate, who was a World War II decorated war hero, and they became the parents of three children, 2 sons and 1 daughter who grew up to make her very proud. She was successful with balancing her career with being a parent. She and her husband built a retirement home in beautiful Lake Arrowhead in Waleska Georgia, and retired living there until his death (A picture which was taken from the deck of their home overlooking the lake is on the back cover of this book). She has continued living there for 22 years during which time she has published two books a novel entitled "Though He Slay Me" and this one "Endless Journey."
This book is the first in a series of other books to follow soon on adventures of Nikki, a young girl. She witnesses a gruesome murder committed on-board a cruise ship. Thrown in the sea by the killer, she miraculously survives only to find herself in the den of a deadly Mafia gang. On escaping from the Mafia's stranglehold, she is trapped by robbers and thugs.
Mushirul Hasan makes a valuable contribution to debates about the society, polity, and history of Indian Muslims in this book. Rejecting generalizations like Good Muslim, Bad Muslim and the clash of civilizations, this book presents Indian Islam as one that is rooted in its environment and that exists in a pluralist milieu. Hasans agenda is to defend pluralism, secularism, and tolerance against skewed notions of Islam and Muslims that are being promoted by right-wing ideologies and some sections of the West. Hasan argues that not only have Hindu nationalist historiography and the hegemonizing Indian nationalist discourse ignored modern Indian Muslim thought, Western scholars of more orthodox forms of Islam have made misjudgements about Muslims based on prejudice. Moderate or Militant brings together Hasans arguments on communalism, nationalism, education, and partition. Using the writings of modern Muslim thinkers like Aziz Ahmad and Mohammad Mujeeb, and many other seminal writings on nineteenth and early-twentieth century Indian Islam, Hasan tries to make a dent in the appalling ignorance about Islam and the culture associated with it that exists today. This book will be of interest to social scientists, public policymakers, and those interested in understanding Indian Muslims.