Written by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times is a biography of none other than the current Prime Minister of India. The book which deals with a lot of issues surrounding the life of Mr.Modi through the spectrum of the author was published in April 2013 by Tranquebar. The book comes in hardcover binding and has 420 pages Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times gives a fair idea about the life of Narendra Modi, the important decisions that made him what he is today, his successes, his ambitions and also records the various controversies surrounding this political messiah. The biography can be read as a complete account of Narendra Modi's life tracing down his childhood to his adolescence and current rise to power. The struggles of Modi whether be it his days as a tea vendor or an ambitious political career or his controversial personal life and a curiosity inducing marital life have all been woven into a rich fabric which is backed by research. Therefore, the question of authenticity never arises as the facts are stated accurately with author's personal views.
The book touches on various aspects including the controversial and still talked about Gujarat riots of 2002 which have shaped the career of Modi in the way they have. At the same time, it speaks volumes about his personal likes and dislikes, penchant for designer watches and fountain pens. Narendra Modi has over time being identified as someone who is completely in sync with the times which are captured in the book beautifully and Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay actually gives instances in favour of the argument that Modi is a tech savvy person.
The book is a coherent account of the entire world Modi inhabits. It is a well built narrative account that peeps into the life of one of the most influential contemporary political figure. Mukhopadhyay actually gives a brief account of the Modi government over years in Gujarat, how it functioned, and the ups and downs and gives a satisfactory answer as to the numerous controversies that have surfaced time and again.
The book can be rendered as a very good example that gives a detailed insight into the life of Narendra Modi, the man who is believed to be the vehicle of biggest change in the times to come.
The most striking feature of the book is that it draws a trajectory of the life of the brilliant politician by a veteran journalist who has not privileged a particular point of view thereby avoiding any condemnation or validation. The book is actually a series of facts stated. The facts have been compiled after a series of interviews with the man in question himself, taking into consideration various opinions that have surfaced over time, extensive travelling in the state of Gujarat to closely analyse some of the things and scrupulous research. It can be called a brave attempt by the journalist because he has been able to compile the life of a leader who is playing with fire on the road less travelled.