The Holy Plumber and Other Stories

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Author: Mallikarjun B. Mulimani
Pages: 116
Year of Publication: 2009
Price: HB Rs 200, FB Rs 150
HB 81-8157-873-0 (8181578730)
FB 81-8157-874-7 (8181578747)

About the Author:
Mallikarjun Mulimani was born in 1979. He graduated in Engineering and enjoys writing fiction and poetry. His first book, Abstractions, published by Writers Workshop, India, was a collection of poems and digital paintings. He has also written a novel titled Buddha in a Mercedes.

In his author’s note, Mulimani writes:

The Holy Plumber and Other Stories is a collection of ten short stories. The strength of these stories lies in their intensity and the tension of opposites which I have tried to incorporate within them.

Each story deals with a different profession, or professions, and the protagonists are made to confront their idealisms passionately. These confrontations are meant to make the reader explore himself — physically, mentally and spiritually.

In these stories I have tried to make the protagonists professionals, from different — almost opposite — fields, face each other with their own sets of values, using them both as their weapons and armor.

Some of the stories have artists as their protagonists, and being a struggling artist myself, I have tried to decipher and put into words the fears and desires which drive creative persons, including myself — with myriad consequences.”

The Benevolent Despot / 11
The Narcissistic Artist / 19
The Civilized Primate / 26
The Bulletin Gods / 35
The Friend / 43
The Silent Trees / 53
The Tube / 62
The Possessed / 71
The Holy Plumber / 83
The Hit Man / 112

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