I just returned from the publication event for Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi. Guha gave a wonderful account of his book and its main characters. In style and manner, his speech was nothing short of a rock performance. His eyes, the nervous energy of his movements, rapid speech interspersed with sips of water and a booming voice, combined with a mastery of the subject at hand - Ramachandra Guha is as wonderful a speaker as writer. He conveyed the essence of the book, some of the best stories, and the primary evidence for some of his striking conclusions, and most of all, his command over the subject. All in all, Ramachandra Guha has rockstar appeal coupled with a historian's studiousness.
A rare and valuable combination indeed. Time to read the book!