The story is set in a village. Natraj is a printer. Vasu,
a taxidermist moves into the village. He hires the attic
above Natraj house. The man-eater in the novel is no
tiger, it is Vasu who kills a number of
Natraj constant companions are a poet who is engaged in
writing the life of God Krishna, and Mr. Sen a journalist.
Nataraj tolerates him in his room upstairs till he makes
himself unbearable by robbing Mempi forest of its wild
life and collecting dead animals in his room for stuffing
Vasu threats life of a temple elephant that Natara has
befriended. The complications ensue that are both laughable
and tragic. This village is near Mempi hills which is
calm and peaceful.
Vasu is a bully, and is once compared to a Rakshasa ,a
demon . As the story continues,
Vasu encroaches on Nataraj's life, every now and then
bullies away his friends, his customers, shoots someone's
pet dog and many other animals and birds near the
dwelling place, poaches wildlife from Mempi hills.
The book has around 250 pages and makes an good read.