A companion to the major six-part BBC TV series, written
by Michael Wood who weaves a spellbinding narrative out of
the 10,000 history of India...
Wood, one of Britain's best-loved historians, captures an
extraordinary spectrum of landscapes, architectural splendours,
customs, rituals and festivals. This is a magical mixture
of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of
India's past, present and future.
today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the
subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential
civilisation on Earth, to four world religions, and to the
world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a
global giant, Wood sets out to trace the roots of India's
present in the incredible riches of her past.
the Khyber Pass and the Himalayas to the tropical jungles
of India's Deep South, this original and striking survey of
Indian history provides vivid portraits of India's regions
and cultures, and new insights into some of history's greatest
figures: Nehru, Gandhi and the Buddha. It explores the way
in which Indian ideas and inventions have shaped the history
of the world, and shows how some of ancient India's conclusions
about the nature of civilisation have lost none of their relevance
for our own times.
Story of India
leaves no stone unturned as Wood attempts to unravel the mystery
and wonderment at the centre of the world's oldest civilisation.
Read by Sam Dastor, this collection is as entertaining as
it is informative. However, as great as this release is, it's
difficult to picture a lot of what is going on and for that
reason alone I'd strongly advise buying the DVD release and
then using this as an accompaniment to the TV series.