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Ep. 1: Anita Rani

Narrated by: Anita Rani
Length: 37 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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Summary

Broadcaster Anita Rani's story is of a long-hidden family secret, one rooted in India’s Partition in 1947. A secret that changed not just everything Anita thought she knew about Britain’s legacy in India... but rocked her own sense of identity.

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Great, uplifting and empowering talk.

A very good and positive talk about some difficult themes. Which I am sure will help ‘people’ who find these discussions make them feel like the villain. It’s not about you!!!🤣

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Excellent - understand some of the bad points

Empire is complex bringing both gods and bad qualities. It is worth understanding some of the down falls of a global system especially when the world may be moving more in that direction. Making mistakes allows us to learn and develop.

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Sadly predictable

I find it highly hypocritical that someone who has been a beneficiary of the so called empires top institutions, such as Oxford university, the guardian newspaper, among others, is so highly critical. Sadly the ideas put forward in this podcast are rather predictable. One can’t examine history under a 21st century lens.

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Not what I was expecting

If you like real people's stories that's includes a lot of suffering you might like this. But the only thing it has to do with this country is that the people who's stories are being told live in this country, though their relatives who stories they are telling didn't, just from smaller places that we once ruled over. Was expecting a history of this country and our once great empire, not other countries.

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So disappointing...

I was looking forward to a really intelligent and truthfully reflective and balanced analysis and discussion of the history of the British Empire here but this is a huge let down in its one sided, myopic approach.. I’m hoping that in the future, Audible quality assures their offered products with a little more diligence than they’ve clearly shown here..

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A real eye opener

I have only listened to the first episode but I am captivated. The shocking truth can be uncomfortable but needs to be told and retold to future generations.

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Great mix of personal/general history

History of India and Empire with a focus on one woman's family. I'm a teacher and it infuriates me that history is not a required subject at GCSE and that Empire is barely taught.

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Blinkered biased millennial view

If this had been balanced I would have enjoyed it. Tbh tired of listening and seeing negativity where the balance is not taken into account Listened to half of one episode and could stand no more

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Britain Draws the Lines of Partition

This was a fascinating investigation into Indian family history focusing on the era of Partition. When the discussion turned to the experiences of women, it was truly shocking and heartbreaking. Not an angle I’ve heard before. Great contributions from Priyamvada Gopal too!

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Oh dear

I believe in truth telling, but agree with another reviewer - this is one sided and negative. Some of the voices are not easy to listen to either. Didn’t even finish Ep1 deleting it to make space for something interesting