India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens

India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power ✺ [BOOKS] ✮ India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power By Lady Pamela Hicks ❄ – 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 Ne In March A Personal eBook ´ Lord Louis Mountbatten became the last Viceroy of India with the mandate to hand over 'the jewel in the crown' of India Remembered: MOBI :Ê 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 Remembered: A Personal PDF/EPUB è a plan for partitioning the empire into two independent sovereign states India and Pakistan on August Mountbatten remained as interim Remembered: A Personal Account of PDF/EPUB or Governor General of Remembered: A Personal Account of PDF/EPUB or India until June 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 uarters There will be anecdotes from Pamela Mountbatten's diaries reminiscences of having to leave 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.

  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power
  • Lady Pamela Hicks
  • 07 November 2016
  • 9788174365903

About the Author: Lady Pamela Hicks

The Lady Pamela A Personal eBook ´ Carmen Louise HICKS née MOUNTBATTEN was born on th April in the Ritz Hotel Barcelona Spain the youngest daughter of India Remembered: MOBI :Ê Admiral of the Fleet The Rt Hon Lord Louis Mountbatten KG GCB OM GCSI GCIE GCVO DSO ADCP FRS and The Hon Dame Remembered: A Personal PDF/EPUB è Edwina Ashley CI GBE DCVO Pamela’s middle name of Carmen was to honour María del Carmen Saavedra y de C.

10 thoughts on “India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power

  1. Grandma Grandma says:

    This book loaded with wonderful pictures and uotations from diarieshers and her fathers is an interesting picture of an important time in world history the start of the break down of the English Empire It really hit home with me as Hank and I were in India when Lord Mountbatten was appointed to guide India to Independence We freuently went to New Delhi as my parents lived there and we would see one or the other or all of them at various functions in New Delhi They were not at all aloof or set apart Pamela was just 17 years old at the time so her observations are interesting

  2. Dr.J.G. Dr.J.G. says:

    Most of this is uite familiar if one has read the author's biographical account in 'Daughter of Empire My Life as a Mountbatten'Up to one third of this book is almost verbatim in that one with few differences and latter part too is familiar from having read that albeit being a bit detailed here The main charm here is entries from diaries verbatim although it doesn't mean one is reading entire diaries of course and even so photographs of various towering characters of that era not seen often elsewhere There are some nice ones of Jawaharlal Nehru of course and a couple deserve mention one of him pensive and another where he is at tea with the author's mother Edwina Mountbatten with his daughter and her presumably elder son thus one looking at three future prime ministers of India amongst the four figurers seen Indira here looks very young shy smiling and beautiful than most professional beauties of the time even without any make up or any expensive attire or decorations Pamela Mountbatten's account is valuable in many other ways too of course in that one reads about various important events and about people of the time For example one reads of and too sees in the photographs the crowds at various occasions too thick to allow the dignitaries to walk without walking on sitting people and yet all calm friendly non threatening as also the author mentions repeatedly The charm and friendliness of Gandhi and Nehru beloved figures in India and the cold persona of Jinnah impervious to any friendly overtures focused on his aims Pamela Mountbatten repeatedly attempts to balance her and her family's love of India against accusations by various sources chiefly from Pak and US about paritiality but fact is their love for India was for all of India whole of which included the parts that were then cut off to divide the nation to provide another new nation for those intolerant of living with people of other faiths Whether from Mountbattens or from leaders and people of India there never was any dearth of love for people thus separated from India even when there was dire opposition to the idea of dividing the nation The author minimises the account of sufferings of refugees they saw in camps mentioning but not going into the heart rending tales of what they suffered but the photographs seen of devastations in Lahore and other parts of Punjab tell the tale silently The streets obviously lined with tall homes of the prosperous are reduced to resemble archaeological discoveries of ancient times and one can only imagine the travails of the people driven out by the massacres in the photographs of the visit by Mountbattens even though no suffering ones are seen that is taken care of by the authorities evidently before allowing the visit Pamela Hicks nee Mountbatten is very sensitive to various accusations against her father as the last viceroy for example the accusation of haste of withdrawal without caring for the human devastation left behind made amongst others by the author of Shameless Flight and presumably others possibly only from those from US She reasons that without such haste in handing over power the devastation would have been worse which neither can really predict even with hindsight What is undoubtedly true is the devastating account of the massacres let loose by order of Jinnah in Calcutta on 16th August 1946 in the name of Direct Action Day to remove all doubts from minds of leaders of Congress and from the British about what his intentions were if his demands of a separate piece of India were not given to him wrenched away from mainland of India She mentions the number of massacred at 20000 during that day and couple of days on and this was without guns chiefly with knives Until that massacre Congress and indeed most of India was against such division of the ancient land separating people neighbours families but this massacre and the unspoken threat delivered by this massacre of to come if the demand by Jinnah were not met broke the resolve of Gandhi and others and they gave in to the partition that then resulted in not only a million deaths by massacres but ten times that many rendered homeless driven out of their homes and lands and regions to cross borders for sake of life What the result would have been if the demand were not met is anybody's guess But those that know and are not bound to cover for sake of various political reasons speak of this whole idea of partition being born or at least coming to reality during days of WWII when Berlin was occupied by Red Army and Churchill realised need of a strategically posed military base in a nation that would allow this for sake of what is termed The Great Game which was the tussle of European powers for world domination and mainly about the play in west and central Asia India led by a non partisan government was not about to allow military bases to be used by US and UK for attacks on USSR which Jinnah had no problem promising hence in those immediate days the partition of India Now of course it ought to be obvious to anyone not blinded by needs to prevaricate that this is what inevitably resulted in the now so horribly far from containable genie of terrorism let loose over decades by the new nation created for purpose of war against an ancient one by breaking up another ancient land That this terrorism was going to bite those that created it ought to have been obvious to anyone not blinded by preferences driven by skin colour seems obvious to those not so blinded of course That such preferences often get buried under eually silly preferences for monotheistic and preferably conversionistic faiths is sign of even convolution of thinking As is of course the bias setting up one gender superior to another in humanity on basis of ability to physically overpower which logically extended sets up buffaloes over men as does defining male superior by virtue of organ set up male donkeys superior to human males But then few are really used to uestion assumptions concrete in society need of comfort of being with others being paramount to social animals One of the endearing factors about this and the other account by the author is the evident love of hers and her parents for people across such dividing lines in humanity and coming from a family close to royals then ruling empires girdling the world this is all the special That she mentions India returning this love without reservations and her realising and mentioning how much special it is in face of the hardships endured by various people is all the so endearing

  3. Mansi Jain Mansi Jain says:

    Thanks to Pamela and India Hicks for keeping a journal and showing us picture of India struggling through independence This book has a flow You could feel the tension as the date of power transfer comes close Excellent narration

  4. Nayan Kumar Nayan Kumar says:

    More a scrapbook than a memoir if it's

  5. Yogita Yogita says:

    Gives insight to lot many things

  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    i loved this book I learned from reading it a lot of things I never new about India that is was not a united country before the british left for example It inspired my imagination so much It is one of my desert island books The pics are magnificent I love this story of Nehru I wished I lived at that time

  7. Anjali Jhunjhunwala Anjali Jhunjhunwala says:

    Well narrated and has some good photographs

  8. Lisa of Hopewell Lisa of Hopewell says:

    VERY disappointing

  9. Kealani Kealani says:

    First person indelible histortFrom her uniue vantage point Pamela Mountbatten clarifies her role in the partition and independence of the jewel in her cousin's crown

  10. Santosh Santosh says:

    i want to know the reality and fact about partition of India and i think that this book will help me

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