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Manu S Pillai is the author of the critically acclaimed The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (2015) and Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji (2018). Formerly chief of staff to Shashi Tharoor MP, he is also a winner of the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (2017). His other essays and writings have appeared in Mint Lounge, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Open Magazine, The New Statesman, and other publications. The Courtesan, the Mahatma & the Italian Brahmin is Manu’s third book, and a collection of essays on Indian history. In this Network Capital podcast, Manu reflects on his journey as a writer, key inflection points in his career and the art of making your passion your profession. Riddled with historical anecdotes and colorful stories, this podcast is essential for anyone interested in history, public policy and writing.