The Story of India by Michael Wood
It took one Richard Attenborough to create a masterpiece on Mahatma Gandhi. Now we have another Britisher – Michael Wood- who has produced another marvellous creation on what we call India: “The Story of India” was recently aired on PBS as a 6 series documentary ( 6 hours) over 3 phases. Nothing could be more exhilarating and titillating! The story has been done after extensive historical research. The official website describes it as: “In this landmark six-part series for PBS and the BBC, Michael Wood will embark on a dazzling and exciting journey through today’s India, “seeking in the present for clues to her past, and in the past for clues to her future”. Its producer Wood is also a historian ( did post-graduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society).
Interestingly when some of the Indian historians have tried to create a kind of identity-crisis for India and Indians by un-necessarily inflating and in the process distorting some of the historical issues (Mogul rule for example), Wood has charmingly done a great service by taking a right perspective at its old civilisations and coursing though the various historical periods. A brilliant master-stroke, indeed!
Please click at the link to the official website. The DVD is available on amazon and other e- commercial sites.