C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar, famously know as C.P. was born in 1879 to a marraige that was a celebrated union of two leading Tamil Brahmin families. He became one of the India's greatest constitutional lawyers, a passionate general secretary of the Indian National Congress, a loyal dewan of the princely state of Travancore and vice-chancellor of two different universities simultaneously. In the midst of a lecturing tour at universities in London and Oxford in 1966, C.P. breathed his last.
This biographer presents C.P.'s life through the diligent execution of his duties; an obedient son a nurtuging senior laywer, a lieutenant in the Besantine Congress faction, an administrator dedicated to nationa-building and social refor, and an academic in relentless pursuit of intellectual ecellence. We are show a man who inherits the will to prove the stars wrong and script his own destiny, establishing a legacy in legal, political and academic worlds. And this glory-with its accompanying very human failings---has been told with an elegance that is too charming to miss.