The “Mind of India” Sir Mark Tully

| October 12, 2012

Cox & Kings in partnership with Virgin Atlantic and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, welcomed over 500 guests to a special India-themed evening at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) on Wednesday, which included an exclusive lecture on ‘The Mind of India’ by Sir Mark Tully.

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During the talk, Sir Mark drew upon a lifetime’s immersion in the complexities of India, from its deep-rooted traditions to its manic modernity, as well as giving a personal view of the country, its people and its place in the world today. The Maha Kumbh Mela festival in Allahbad, a spiritual event of epic proportions, which takes place only every 12 years, was also given a special mention. After the talk, Sir Mark took a number of interesting questions from the audience and signed copies of his books.

Guests then enjoyed drinks and Indian-themed canapés whilst exploring the RGS venue where the RGS had prepared a specially curated exhibit in the Map room, featuring many old India artefacts spanning more than 500 years. There was also an exhibition of specially commissioned India-inspired artwork, which had been created for the event by renowned art bloggers. Guests were invited to vote for their favourite work of art, and the winning piece was Chetan Kumar’s beautiful pen and ink “Rangeela India”.<

All in all the evening was a great success and we hope our guests enjoyed the evening as much as we did. The evening also raised over £300 for the Magic Bus charity.

For those who would like to experience the extraordinary Maha Kumbh Mehla first hand, Cox & Kings is offering tailor-made packages to the Lakshmi Kutir Camp. The camp offers the opportunity to stay in comfort while gaining an in-depth understanding of the complex traditions, beliefs and customs of the event.

View Cox & Kings' India tours.

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