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A great book about the end of British India
on 6 May 2008
In 2007 a number of books came out about British India, Partition and the end of the Raj. I find this part of history fascinating but couldnt decide when on a limited budget what to read. I picked Indian Summer and was so pleased that i did.
Indian Summer is a great history book, very readable and accessible. it covers all the main historical figures and characters with lots of information and ancedotes about them all.
Nothing new another reviewer said? Personally I did not realise that Lady Mountbatten and Nehru where rumoured to be having an affair (which influenced a lot of decisions made then), that Gandhi's importance had really waned by 1947 and he was deeply unpopular with sections of the Congress party and most untouchables and that he had some unusual ways of testing himself with young women, that Jinnah seemed to regret the foundation of Pakistan and that Bangladesh/East Pakistan had been designed not to work and therefore be rejected by the Muslim League which might explain some of the problems it faces today. I found this book packed with new information and insights. And I teach History!
A truly fascintating read, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Indian history.