Epidemic: When Men Play God

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Theme: Pharma Patents and Access to Life Saving Medicines during a Viral Epidemic


(First Edition was Published as Road Humps and Sidewalks)


Inspired from real life experiences, this novel tells the story of Arjun, a young, blind lawyer who battles to save lives during a viral epidemic. It is a realistic modern day drama about defenseless victims and fatal diseases exploited for commercial gain taken directly from the pages of the daily news.


As a deadly viral infection rages across the country, a spirited team of doctors set out to combat its spread. But their efforts are thwarted by a pharma major, Berminger, which uses its patents to create artificial scarcity of the only drug that seems to work. As the Government refuses to come to their rescue, the doctors approach the Court for justice. Arjun, an upcoming lawyer agrees to represent them, and what follows is a thrilling, riveting and evocative Courtroom drama.


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“A blind lawyer, a virus outbreak, a dog that dreams and a patent infringement case. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala’s debut fiction ... is an engrossing fast-paced legal thriller”


- Deepa Padmanabhan, The Hindu



“Finished it in one sitting. Just couldn’t put it down. This ... IP law thriller has all the hallmarks of a winner; corporate espionage, attempted kidnapping, foiled hits, court room romance, a corrupt Chief Justice and a David v Goliath battle over patents for a life-saving drug.”


- Dr. Caroline Ncube, IP KAT


About Arjun Mamidi


Arjun Mamidi is a young IP attorney with a small law practice. Unlike many of his peers, he is honest, forthcoming and fiercely independent. His escapades with powerful adversaries, crafty attorneys and ruthless criminals constitute The  IP law thriller series.


Arjun is blind, but he neither acknowledges it, nor lets it hold him back. He is assisted by Jose, a capable, reliable and lighthearted ally.

This book is made available under the creative commons attribution license 4.O. You are free to copy, modify and distribute this work under the License. However, while doing so, you must give attribution to Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala in the following format; Authored by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala (www.kalyankankanala.com).


Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala holds copyrights and morale rights over this book.


Dr. Kalyan will be happy to receive your feedback/review of the book at his email id: kalyanckankanala@gmail.com

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About the author

Dr. Kalyan is a novelist and Thai yoga masseur from Bangalore, India. He started his fiction writing with legal thrillers, and is currently writing historical and crime thriller novels. Some of his novels were among best sellers on different stores, and have been listed among the 'must reads' for people interested in the law thriller genre.

He is an IP attorney by profession, and is listed among the top intellectual property minds in India. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala writes extensively on intellectual property issues, and has published highly referenced books and law review articles on the subject.

Dr. Kalyan is also a trained Thai yoga masseur, and provides Thai yoga body work as a hobby. He combines his learnings from psychology, music therapy and body work to offer meditative and relaxing massages.

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