This book-- with its unnecessarily long title--is in part a personal account of Tully's intellectual journey. He takes us from his youth as a repressed schoolboy taught in school that sex was a sin and Jesus the only incarnation of God, to his discovery of the complexities and wisdoms of India. Much of his life has been about reconciling these opposites. He includes in this journey his battle with the BBC over corporate policy where his courageous stand led to his early resignation.
But the book also provides a response to those of Tully's followers who seek his views on how to attain the good life and how to reform society. His canvas here stretches across religion, sexual behaviour, economic policy, the media, and management philosophy. His hates are familiar blots on the landscape: dogmatic certitude in religion, consumerism, globalisation simply imitative of the West. His message is that we all have a lot to learn from India's tradition of religious pluralism and from Gandhi's philosophy of simple living, high thinking.