India in Slow Motion by Mark Tully is a satirical yet interesting study of India. The book is a commentary on the Indian culture and living style. A result of a deep study by Mark and his colleague Gillian Wright, the book speaks about the million things that India is made of. The tone of the book is humorous, deep, humane, and at times provocative. The book attempts to seek an answer to the Indian ways and mannerisms. Tully and Gillian move on a journey to unravel the mystifying and at times overwhelming culture of India. This journey in its truest sense has no beginning or end. This randomness is exhibited in the book as well. Tully covers a lot of themes in the book, ranging from religious fanaticism, child labour, gender divisions, agricultural crisis, political diasporas, et al. In fact, the book even touches on the Kashmir issue. The reader would be introduced to a new India - one which has new possibilities and deep issues.
India in Slow Motion attempts to understand the post-colonial India, which is infected with the ills of religion, caste and bureaucracy. In a way, the book removes India from these inherent ills and tries to put forward an argument that one needs to look forward to a better future and bring forth a necessary change. The title has been attributed to the observation made by Mark that, Indians try to take everything easy, in slow motion. Ultimately, everything moves slowly, starting from government procedures to important institutions. The book can be considered an in-depth study of the many strata of the Indian society. Mark and Wright have laid down an extremely honest and enjoyable critique of this beautiful country called India.
Mark Tully is a renowned author known for his passionate writing and critiques. A former journalist, Tully worked for BBC for a considerable part of his life. Having reported many politically tumultuous situations, Tully is well versed with Indian politics and society. Some of the other renowned books by Tully are Amritsar: Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle, India: Forty Years of Independence, India's Unending Journey. India in Slow Motion is available online in paperback binbding with the ISBN 10 number of 0143030477 and the ISBN 13 number of 9780143030478.