by David Davidar.
Quickie recap: Vijay is a young Bombayite struggling with his role as an Indian. An inspection of the great Indians of the past, he considers what makes an emperor truly great, and in turn, what makes an ordinary citizen great as well.
Quickie review: An intricate mix of one person's introspection and the epic history of a conflicted country makes for a strangely moving read.
Quickie recommendation: Pretty good.