There’s an interesting duality that attends cusp figures. Do they belong to the coming world, the one which their own arrival heralds and brings forth? Or do they carry continuities, seeds of the past, within them? Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy—the iconic 70-year-old who gently declared his willingness to be President of India if everyone agreed, around the time of his retirement from the company he founded.