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India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power Paperback – March 1, 2009

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About the Author

Pamela Mountbatten is the daughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, most famously known for his role in history as the last Viceroy of India. She married the designer, the late David Hicks. India Hicks is the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten. She is the author of Island Life and Island Beauty.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058156
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,507,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Gjerde on February 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lord Louis Mountbatten was one of the most interesting people of the 20th Century. This book by his daughter Pamela and her daughter India should not be confused with a scholarly book. It is a fascinating account from the viewpoint of an 18 year old living through some exciting and horrendous times. Lady Pamela and her mother the Vicereine worked far harder among the native peoples than anyone might have expected them so to do.

It would probably be helpful to have some knowledge of the transfer of power in 1947 and the creation of Pakistan. However, I think a person could learn some about that historic occurance by reading this book. The issue of Pakistan is still a plague to many people. Lady Pamela mentions riots in the North West Frontier. This is where there are many difficulties today - 60 years on.

There are pictures in this book from family albums that have not been seen in other books. I would recommend this to anyone with a healthy curiosity about the world.
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Lady Pamela Mountbatten Hicks is the younger daughter of the late Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma, a remarkable couple who were glamourous royal relations and high society figures but at the same time energetic and talented military and humanitarian leaders. In 1946 Lord Mountbatten was appointed last Viceroy of India, with the responsibility of ending British rule there. Lord and Lady Mountbatten, with 17 year old Pamela, arrived in India and spent nearly two years during one of the most tumultuous periods in the subcontinent's long history.

Lady Pamela was a teenager when the events she describes in this memoir took place, but she was an intelligent observer who dutifully kept a diary. The diary entries, interspersed with many letters and numerous pictures from her parents' photo albums, make up the bulk of this work. Lady Pamela must be among the very last still living witnesses of this period in Indian history, and thus India Remembered, however inconsequential some of the details may seem, is and will remain an important account. On a more personal level, Lady Pamela has also helped history to better remember her able and talented parents.
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This is a very interesting time frame for India. It shows how well the British kept order in a huge population. It showed that the country was not prepared to rule itself. Photographs were most unique. Mountbatten ruled during the most unsettling time during partition. He also wrote a book "Freedom At Midnight" which gives detail of the process of partition. The books compliment each other. Having lived in India, it brought back many memories. A very good research book.
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This is an amazing first hand account of one of the most interesting and important times in history. To think that a young woman of only 17 years kept such details of day to day events at this point in the transfer of power from the British government to the people of India is amazing. Thanks to Pamela Hicks we get an up close and personal account of one of history's most interesting events. That the Mountbatten could accomplish this in such a short span of time was quite an accomplishment. The input of their granddaughter India is definitely a plus.
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This book isn't profound, but it offers an inside look (through the diaries of Lord Mountabatten's seventeen year-old daughter) of the final days of the British Raj in India. The photos are ample and beautiful, as are the stories about Nehru, Gandhi, Lord and Lady M., and the author herself. You will enjoy this book tremendously
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I anxiously awaited Lady Pamela's book only to be very disappointed in the result. The photos are great as are many of the little memories. An 18 year old, fresh out of school probably isn't the best observer of any events. Her diary entries do add a lot to the personality of the players [for instance her beloved father nagged her to write her diary!] but overall this is a not a very useful book. Campbell-Johnson's "Mission with Mountbatten" is far more useful for a real account of the transfer of power.
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I'm glad I ordered this book even tho it took over the amount of estimated shipping time to reach me. It is packed with photos and is an interesting memoir of an important time in world history. I've been to India many times and so was intrigued by the title of this book. I have already read a biography of Edwina Mountbatten. This book fill out the time frame so much more.
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The book was quick and easy to read, and touched upon the key events following the British decision to leave and oversee the partition of India and Pakistan. It was interesting to see a British view of the situation, especially as the Mountbattens were put in an incredibly difficult position. Definitely inspired me to read more on the subject.
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