Bala Kamath is a burnt-out alcoholic investigative journalist on the verge of losing his job with the media house for which he works. As a last chance to save his career, he is sent on an assignment to a small town near Mangalore, to investigate a godman, one Swami Sarvananda, who, it is alleged, had stolen money, sheltered criminals and tried to rape a devotee.
He visits the godman’s ashram the next day and finds a bond building between the Swami and himself. By the time the Swami is arrested on charge of attempted rape, Bala is sure that there’s more to the case than meets the eye, a feeling confirmed by the emergence of a dubious politician and his strongman, the murder of the Swami’s second-in-command, and by a series of jailhouse chats with the Swami. When the Swami refuses to meet him any more, Bala returns to Bangalore to face his own failing marriage, resurrect his relationship with his teenaged daughter and retrieve his career. Meanwhile, the Swami is released on bail and disappears.
In tracing the Swami’s story and discovering the murderer, Bala discovers more about himself than he had bargained for…
‘Zac O'Yeah stated that the surfeit of complex and well-etched out characters make Shashi' s books very readable.’— The Hindu
‘Shashi Warrier’s new book,The Man Who Wouldn’t Be God, published by Speaking Tiger, explores the enigma surrounding a godman who doesn’t believe in god and the crimes he has been accused of’.— Livemint
‘Warrier’s style is direct and to the point with no unnecessary frills’.— The Statesman
‘Warrier’s deft literary skill manifests in his ability to use the narrative of an accused godman to explore various strands of modern times and individual lives while weaving an equally taut narrative on crime and corruption’.—The Pioneer
‘The language is simple and so is the story, the moral, however, runs deep. The author has tried to spin a yarn that is both interesting as well as informative’.—The Tribune
Author : Shashi Warrier
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