Ram Vilas Paswan was one of the most colourful of India’s political personalities. For over four decades he was an influential voice on behalf of social justice. Sobhana Nair has now produced a very racy account of the many twists and turns that had been the hallmark of Paswan’s career. Her narrative is not only of one man’s ups and downs but also of the turbulent times which shaped him and that he also did much to shape.