Heart of India is a collection of short stories by Mark Tully, ex-BBC India contributor, who wrote numerous articles on India and its people. I am very much a fan of his – No full stops for India, India in slow motion etc which potrayed live India, in a wonderful way. Both the above books kept my thoughts occupied even many days after reading it. So, seeing Heart of India in the library, with this background, I was quite obviously tempted to read it. However, I am dissappointed.
The stories are not actually rocking. To me, they appeared like normal stories … just average kind of stories. I am not blaming the topics. The choice of topics were good. He had the advantage of his journalism experiences in dealing with those topics, and they really reflect the heart of India, the villages. However, the style was not all that impressive. It is not a kind of book that will keep one glued because of the style. It is this kind of commercial novel, which is good for reading once, boring in the second reading and not advisable to be read third time, for if you read third time also, it means, you have no other book except this. 🙂