This book contains biographical essays for each of the first ninety-three judges who served on the Supreme Court of India from 1950 through mid-1989. It is the first close look at these judges, and follows them from their birth to their deaths. An attempt is made to account for why they were chosen - the selection criteria employed and, to the extent possible in a furtive selection environment, to identify those who selected them. The latter represents the first comprehensive attempt to connect the dots between a potential nominee and his ultimate appointment. The book concludes with a collective portrait of them, paying particular attention to changes in their backgrounds - fathers' occupation, education, pre-SCI careers, caste, religion, region, over the four decades.