testimonials

BBC Academy - College of Journalism

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"Rani Singh is an original journalist and great story teller. She has superb contacts in the UK and Asia and uses these to unearth stories and find voices which are not heard elsewhere. Her skill as a journalist is to bring personal tales to life. She is able to coax stories from her interviewees which others might not.
As the story demands, Rani’s calm exterior belies a tough and forensic core, to challenge her subject when necessary. Her range includes hard hitting interviews and packages telling fascinating stories from locations around the world."
Samantha Upton
Senior Trainer,College of Journalism
BBC Academy

Editor, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4 News

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"Rani Singh has reported on a freelance basis for The World Tonight on BBC R4 under my editorship. We do not use many freelance reporters, but I have commissioned Rani on a number of occasions, because she has original ideas and has good contacts which yield interviews with people key to the stories she is pursuing, and she obtains permission to report from hard-to-access locations. For The World Tonight these have included an interview with the Bangladeshi Prime minister and reporting on Tibetan refugees in limbo in Nepal.
Rani clearly loves radio reporting and writes nicely, and we have invested in training her on the latest audio software and equipment to enhance her production skills."
Alistair Burnett
BBC News

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"I have been a BBC WS listener for over 20 years. I recently heard Rani Singh broadcast from the Bangladesh/India border. It was a short item - but exceptional. Stopped brushing my teeth. And listened! Articulate, warm, thoughtful - a wonderful radio communicator. Zero treacle-sentimentality but the best sort of human feeling for the people and the story. For me, more evocative of the human side of Bangladesh than any other report from there, that I have heard. First rate professional (writing and communicating). Close human communication with no need for (or occurrence of)”bonding" dashes-of-vulgarity or too easy informality."
Richard Cullen,
Visiting Professor,Faculty Of Law,
The University Of Hong Kong,Hong Kong.

Endorsements for the book

Sonia Gandhi: An Extraordinary Life, an Indian Destiny

Henry Kissinger

"Rani Singh's biography of Sonia Gandhi is an intimate and insightful portrait of an extraordinary woman... a compelling and important story of tragedy, family and a nation on an upward trajectory."
- Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner (1973)

Jon Snow

"Rani Singh has opened the door on one of the most powerful yet surprisingly little-known women in the world."
- Jon Snow, UK Newscaster

Kirkus

"A book of human scope that reveals an intriguing political history and a life of compassion"
- Kirkus Reviews

Tim Marshall

"Rani Singh weaves a compelling love story into the complexities of Indian politics with skill and sensitivity... If you want to understand modern India, you need to understand the Gandhi’s. Miss Singh has made an important and timely contribution."
- Tim Marshall, Diplomatic Editor at Sky News

James Brewer

"Amoving tribute... sets the scene for a thorough understanding of the fast-moving undertow affecting political life in India today, and of the critical influence of Sonia Gandhi."
- James Brewer,business journalist and former editor of global insurance coverage for Lloyd's List

Pranay Gupte

"A biography that isn't only carefully researched but offers new details about Sonia Gandhi's extraordinary emergence from obscurity to most powerful woman in Asia (and arguably in the world). Rani Singh tells Sonia's story in remarkably vivid prose - tough but fair, critical but empathetic... an enormously readable work of scholarship and journalistic endurance."
- PranayGupte, author of Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi

Ashley Tellis

"Rani Singh's book draws back the curtain, allowing the reader to encounter Sonia as the person behind the larger-than-life figure that she is for India's millions. It is a highly readable and rewarding work for anyone interested in modern India and its contemporary politics."
- Ashley Tellis, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Bill Kirkman

"Sonia Gandhi's progress to the influential position she now holds would be remarkable for anyone. In her case, given her particular background, it is a truly amazing story. Rani Singh's telling of it brings it vividly to life." -Bill Kirkman, Wolfson College, Cambridge, The Round Table

Continue reading ">James Brewer

"Amoving tribute... sets the scene for a thorough understanding of the fast-moving undertow affecting political life in India today, and of the critical influence of Sonia Gandhi."
- James Brewer,business journalist and former editor of global insurance coverage for Lloyd's List

Continue reading ">Bill Kirkman

"Sonia Gandhi's progress to the influential position she now holds would be remarkable for anyone. In her case, given her particular background, it is a truly amazing story. Rani Singh's telling of it brings it vividly to life." -Bill Kirkman, Wolfson College, Cambridge, The Round Table

Kirkus

"A book of human scope that reveals an intriguing political history and a life of compassion"
- Kirkus Reviews

Continue reading ">Tim Marshall

"Rani Singh weaves a compelling love story into the complexities of Indian politics with skill and sensitivity... If you want to understand modern India, you need to understand the Gandhi’s. Miss Singh has made an important and timely contribution."
- Tim Marshall, Diplomatic Editor at Sky News

Continue reading ">Ashley Tellis

"Rani Singh's book draws back the curtain, allowing the reader to encounter Sonia as the person behind the larger-than-life figure that she is for India's millions. It is a highly readable and rewarding work for anyone interested in modern India and its contemporary politics."
- Ashley Tellis, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Continue reading ">Pranay Gupte

"A biography that isn't only carefully researched but offers new details about Sonia Gandhi's extraordinary emergence from obscurity to most powerful woman in Asia (and arguably in the world). Rani Singh tells Sonia's story in remarkably vivid prose - tough but fair, critical but empathetic... an enormously readable work of scholarship and journalistic endurance."
- PranayGupte, author of Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi

Jon Snow

"Rani Singh has opened the door on one of the most powerful yet surprisingly little-known women in the world."
- Jon Snow, UK Newscaster

Continue reading ">Henry Kissinger

"Rani Singh's biography of Sonia Gandhi is an intimate and insightful portrait of an extraordinary woman... a compelling and important story of tragedy, family and a nation on an upward trajectory."
- Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner (1973)