The body had bloated to almost twice its normal size, like an alien from a B-grade sci-fi movie. Anjali shoved her hands into the pockets of the lab coat and dug her nails into her thighs.

People might have now forgotten, and younger ones may not even know, that during the 1965 war with Pakistan, there were wild rumours that film star Dilip Kumar (Yusuf Khan) had somehow conspired with Dr Zakir Husain (then vice president of India) to undermine national interest

The architectural historian Percy Brown, writing in the 1940s, noted that the Sayyids lacked the resources to build forts, cities, palaces and mosques on the scale of their predecessors and that all that survives of their work is their tombs.

As communal relations between Hindus and Muslims deteriorated and rioting became a recurrent feature of public life in many parts of India, the space for Hindu nationalism reopened. But it was a space that the Congress never vacated.

India had produced the greatest player in the history of hockey, the hockey equivalent of Bradman, Dhyan Chand, among whose feats were thrashing the blonde German team in the 1936 Nazi Olympics while playing barefoot. Indian cricket would not produce its Bradman-like figure, Tendulkar, until half a century after Nehru’s fateful decision

She knows that the real rock star, one of the biggest the world has seen, will soon be at her side. But he is so much more, and she is one of the few people who has caught a glimpse of the real persona of former Beatle George Harrison.