The Story of India February 23, 2015Posted by stuffilikenet in Uncategorized.
As a closeted history geek, I am often driven to confess my adoration for particularly informative books or films. India is probably the best place to start developing a ridiculous love of history, because they have so much of it. The Story of India displays lovely glimpses into some of India’s glorious and notorious past, from the 5000-year old plumbing to temple rites conducted continuously for two thousand years, unchanged in the same temple.
Ancient Romans worried about the balance of payments to India. How’s THAT for perspective?
This two-disk BBC video is presented (and written) by Michael Wood in the standard BBC way, but with about a million human touches: interviews with locals about their town, village, temple, museum, architecture…it goes on. A fine piece of video presentation with breathtaking scenery that shows the range of modern and ancient India’s influence on the world, I recommend this video to any history geek. The DVDs are on sale of course, but it’s currently free on Amazon Prime and an excellent introduction to India’s storied past.