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4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars

on 16 August 2017
Being a law student I loved it but also if you are not in this field you all will find it helpful . It gives a depth of thinking and working of great mind . The book is a path-breaker in my academic as well as whole personality. I'm very acknowledged to this book .
It's a must buy invest your money Price worthy
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on 28 January 2017
Very nice book...Must read for every law professional
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on 10 June 2017
A book that really helps one to appreciate the genius of Nani Palkhiwala!
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on 18 November 2017
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on 27 March 2017
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on 29 September 2017
Only for classic.....genre lawyers
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on 13 October 2015
Very good
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 January 2017
The book is a treasure which would not only appeal to the Law Students/Graduates but also to the general public beyond any doubt. The book was written by two eminent personalities namely Soli J Sorabjee who was the former Attorney-General for India and Senior Advocate - Supreme Court of India & Arvind P Datar who is the Senior Advocate, Madras High Court

The idea to bring out this book was conceived in 2004 and was first published in 2012 which shows how much of hard work has gone into bringing out this legal treasure trove. The book talks about one of the greatest advocate India has ever seen - Nani Palkhivala

It talks about how he gave importance to time management and becomes visibly annoyed when the time punctuality was not adhered. I was surprised by his sheer dedication where he gave appointments even during the odd hours as he practised his profession 24/7. He stood first in L.LB and OA and was a voracious reader and read Peter F Drucker.

Iqbal Chagla in his book mentioned " Palkhivala was unsurpassable for sheer advocay"

As a child, Palkhivala had a stammering problem but later he enthralled hundreds of thousands through his voice and argument.

He stood first in English in 1936 and Persian in 1937.

He wanted to become a English Lecturer as he had a strong hold over the language and later he wanted to become an ICS officer but could not get into both of these profession due to various reasons and ended up being an advocate.

He joined chambers of Sir Jamshedji Kanga in 1944. He did more cases before the ITAT(Income Ta Appellate Tribunal) than in High Court and Supreme Court, combined. I was glad to come across the legal terms like Mandamus, Certiorari which I have read while preparing for my Company Secretaryship(CS) Intermediate exams.

I got to know the unique fact about our Indian Constitution through this book that "Indian Constitution had a provision for protection against itself"

Being the leading advocate, he has appeared in famous cases which has been cited in various many cases/events till date which included:

IC Golak Nath v State of Punjab - Amendment of Fundamental Rights in the Constitution is not possible

Bank Nationalisation Case - mentioned by M.R.Pai in his book "Legend of Palkhivala" where he said no bank had even written a Thank You letter for all the efforts put in by him which got them an additional sum of Rs.58 Crores during the nationalisation.

Privy Purse Case - where Presidential Order abolishing it was dismissed in the Supreme Court citing this can be done only through a Constitutional Amendment.

Bennett Coleman v Union of India

Kesavananda Bharti Case - where the Fundamental Rights were discussed in detail. This case was tried by 13 Judges and was the largest Bench which saw lengthy arguments and widest area of case law in Supreme Court.

to name the few important/monumental cases ever been tried in the Indian Courts.

A special mention to the 6 appendices in the end where it has reproduced in great detail about few things but not limited to Letters, Landmark Cases, Verdicts, Affidavits, Selected Opinions and Propositions among all.
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on 24 April 2014
Very little is known to people of this generation the monumental contribution of Nani Palkhivala. Getting into his technical area and understanding his brialliant work with the people is a task in itself. I must say that authors has done a great job of bringing the brilliance of Nani to people.

I should say that all Legal alumni should read this book before starting his/her curriculum just to know the level to which advocacy has been taken by Nani. Law is supposed to be a drab topic but how purposely this has been used effectively to tackle injustice to tweaking of basic structure of Constitution is a tremendous job. This book brings the nitty gritties of legal cases and beauty of the law in front of the readers.

This is technically dominated book. For people who wish to know what damages were purported to be done by evil politicians and courage of Nani...this is a must read !!!!!

If you are not very inclined to Law and its nitty read still as your general awareness of law would be much higher after reading this book.

For people working in Corporate area his legal opinions topic is a must read.!!!!
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on 12 April 2016
Nani Palkhivala was not a born genius as would be evident from the fact that he failed to clinch the job of a lecturer in English literature at Bombay University. But he transformed himself into a genius - he had no foundation in economics or finance, but became the best tax lawyer of the country. He had stammering problem since childhood, but he was the best orator of his times, the courtrooms saw. He argued all the most complicated and most important cases of India's legal history. He had no foundation in political theory, but was, beyond doubt, the best constitutional lawyer of the country. There was a time when some judges out of jealousy tried to ignore him, snub him (read M. Hidayatullah's "My Own Boswell), but later on, there used to remain pin drop silence whenever Palkhivala spoke. And this book is about that story as to how by sheer hard work and determination, a mediocre can become a genius, and of-course, achieve success. I have always been thinking that people who should have written about their illustrious life, never wrote an autobiography. Absence of Palkhivala's autobiography is a void that cannot be fully filled, but this book makes the most honest attempt to fill that void to a certain extent.
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