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By God: The Making of a Messiah

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

By God: The Making of a Messiah

Ghublistan. An island resplendent with the divine herb.

Full Title: By God: The Making of a Messiah

Author: Shashi Warrier
Publisher: Fingerprint Publishing

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Ghublistan. An island resplendent with the divine herb. A country rich in bat Guano. A society where people are content, happy to serve their Prophet. But the country is experiencing a surge in emigration, and the Prophet is getting restless. In an attempt to find out why, alkanza, the Prophet, commands the custodian of the divine gardens to temporarily leave this utopian society and get him some answers. Commanded by the ruler, his excellence tomikanza embarks upon on a riveting, perilous journey with his not-so-faithful barber, neepane, in an endeavour to understand this strange beast called democracy in, first, that is the world's largest Republic, second, that is a unique mix of God's rule and self-governance, and third, that is touted to be the modern world's oldest democracy. Through the journey of two ghublistanis as they meet inept policemen, blundering spies, and sleazy politicians, by God, the making of a messiah gives a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the religion-political system, subtly but powerfully unmasking its inherent vices, shortcomings, duplicity, and hypocrisy.

About the Author: 

Shashi Warrier lives in Mangalore with his writer-painter wife Prita and their dogs and cat. He likes beaches, yoga, motorcycling, and books. He is learning to cook and has lately developed an interest in gardening. He is perpetually bemused by many of the things the government does, like putting up a garbage separation plant not fifty metres from one of the most beautiful beaches in his district. This bemusement is the foundation of his satirical works.

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