The Story of India
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Sixty years after Indian independence, British historian Michael Wood presents the tale of the oldest and most diverse civilization, and largest democracy. A nuclear power and a rising giant, Indias population will overtake Chinas within 10 years and its economy is predicted to overtake that of the U.S. in the 2030s. This journey of sights and sounds, and achievements takes him from the deserts of Turkmenistan to the Khyber Pass.
If you like the idea of watching a really good National Geographic article brought to life, with the lush photography, fascinating facts, sense of discovery and slight superficiality that implies, you ll love THE STORY OF INDIA. --The New York Times
The images of India's ever-seductive culture are stunning and intoxicating --The Washington Post
Like the Discovery Channel's PLANET EARTH, this is documentary television that shouldn't be missed --The Wall Street Journal
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However this documentary stands out as one that transcends all this. The narrative is compelling, refreshingly unbiased and the result is a visually stunning and though provoking look at one of the most continuously populated regions on earth.
So now--to the positive: from my perspective of living in India for a few short years, i found the film to be quite evocative of the history and beauty one could see in every corner of the country. I especially loved the interactions with people of different perspectives, and hearing them give voice to their pride. It is a magical and amazing reflection of the history of civilization--and like humankind everywhere, imperfect. There were occasionally implications and conclusions i found to be overreaching, but it made me proud of our journey as a civilization and wonder anew at how complex (and often, perverse) our motivations continue to be.
yes, it was beautiful, educational, and provocative. Be prepared to pause the film regularly to research/answer all the questions you will have--another good sign!
[Let me also add, that i streamed this series for free through my Amazon Prime account, and then purchased a copy of the DVD for future viewing.]