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India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power [Hardcover]

Pamela Mountbatten , India Hicks
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26 July 2007
In March 1947, Lord Louis Mountbatten became the last Viceroy of India, with the mandate to hand over 'the jewel in the crown' of the British Empire within one year. Mountbatten worked with Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohandas Gandhi and the leader of the Muslim League, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, to devise a plan for partitioning the empire into two independent sovereign states, India and Pakistan, on August 15, 1947. Mountbatten remained as interim Governor-General of India until June 1948. During this time, Lord Mountbatten's daughter and India's mother, Pamela, was with her parents. She kept a diary recounting this extraordinary tale of history and recollections of their trips to stay in Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Orissa and Assam, and the exotic palaces of Indian rulers; and the Rajputs in Central and Western India, the imperial palace-cities built by the mughals. "India Revisited" is a scrapbook of private family photographs taken during this historical period (Edwina Mountbatten walking arm in arm with Nehru through a courtyard, or Ghandi taking tea for the first time at Viceroys House) and photographs taken presently inside their audience halls, private apartments and service quarters. There will be anecdotes from Pamela Mountbatten's diaries, reminiscences of having to leave 10 minutes before dinner was actually announced as the walk from the bedroom to the dining hall was so far (if running really late, riding a bicycle through the corridors to make time). It includes photographs evoking the atmosphere of the Mountbatten's favourite retreat, that of Viceregal Lodge in Simla.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; First Edition edition (26 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862057591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862057593
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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India Hicks is the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma most famously known for his role in history as the last Viceroy of India. She is the author of Island Life. She lives in the Bahamas with her partner and three children. Pamela Mountbatten lives in Oxfordshire.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprizingly good read 17 Aug 2007
Admittedly I wasn't sure how interesting this book would be as it is centred around the diaries of Pamela Mountbatten but actually it is utterly compelling and very addictive. I really enjoyed reading about the protocol and ceremonies that went on and also the observations Pamela Mountbatten noted about the central figures during partition - the photographs taken from the archives are worth a look.
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I bought this book thinking I would be able to get some insight into the last few years of the British rule in India. However, it must be remembered that the author was only a teenager and thus not privy to most of the meetings. Therefore, all we hear about is the personal lives of the Mountbattens. So if that is what you are looking for, the day to day lives of the Mountbattens, then it's a good book. Otherwise it is just a good collection of pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars India I also remember 28 Jan 2013
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This book was interesting to someone like me who was born just as the sun set on the Indian Empire. What is disappointing is that having read the book Daughter of Empire by the same author I realise with dismay that there had been quite a bit of cut and paste in the later book from this book. There were some errors here and there which I found surprising. Obviously this book is written by a partial observer, namely the daughter of Mountbatten...history has shown however that a lot of what happened can be blamed on expediency and his high opinion of himself and that he was easily influenced. Had matters been allowed to take a little longer events would have changed the course of the outcome....Jinnah was dying but in secret. The world is now left with a failed state or very nearly one that has become the hunting ground for terrorism and zealotry and mischief which is exported globally and into India...consider the tragedy in Mumbai in November 2008. Things should have been done differently and history will not be kind to Mountbatten, Nehru or Jinnah...I grew up in post independent India and return there annually so am aware of the current situation. In my own trilogy I speak of modern India and the challenges she faces as a country and indeed the heartening progress.
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Pamela takes us through some of the most critical moments in Indian History. She did justice to the history and to the great people who were around her during that time. She did it with honesty and courage. Thanks Pamela.
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