Mallikarjun B. Mulimani

Whimsical Dice


Four friends, caught in the grip of a corrupt and foolish society, set out on a road trip tormented by the questions, “Does life have a meaning without God? Does life need God to give it meaning? Is continuation of life in some form after death necessary for us to live without the fear of death? Isn’t the beauty of the here and now enough meaning for us? Isn’t giving meaning to our own life and that of others the greatest meaning? Doesn’t the God fallacy and its offspring, religion and its subdivisions, make people corrupt? Isn’t the single word ‘love’ sufficient to fill all books on philosophy and morals?” and also haunted by demons of their own making. They find love, purpose, and end up giving meaning to life by establishing USGR, University Sans God & Religion, driven by the game changers of Knowledge, Compassionate Practicality, Meaningful Relationships, and Courage. 


This book strives to be a humble yet brave foot soldier in the army of Darwin and Dawkins. 

Whimsical Dice tries to explore the God fallacy, and its offspring, religion, questioning whether a meaningful life can be lived without God and religion, and if so, how? It also delves into the education system, why and how to be good, and of course, love. 

The catchphrase in many discussions throughout the book is, ‘from the personal to the universal’, while addressing various philosophical issues. 

It is the journey of four friends, the initial protagonists, through life, frustrated by its apparent meaninglessness, and their attempt to carve out meaning from what they consider to be a meaningless stone – life. 

The leitmotif of the book is dice (life)(protagonists) – initially, meaninglessly whimsical, and then later, meaningfully loaded with game changers by all the protagonists themselves.  

The male protagonists are meaningfully complemented by women protagonists, leading to one of the game changers, ‘Meaningful Relationships’, coming into being as part of USGR’s (a University Sans God & Religion which they establish) core ideology containing ‘Knowledge’, ‘Compassionate Practicality’, and ‘Courage’. 

By the end of Whimsical Dice, the coupled dice (the four friends and their lovers) begin helping the world find meaning through USGR. 

After the epilogue, poems (with brevity as their essence), including haikus, written by the participants of USGR’s first conference, are appended. 

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