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This book is an authentic biography of Girish Chandra Ghosh, the legendary playwright, actor, and bohemian, whose colorful life has long been a subject of interest for many devotees of Sri Ramakrishna. Besides being a biography, this book is also a social history of Bengal centered on the last part of the nineteenth and the first part of the twentieth centuries. In nineteenth-century Bengal, heavily dominated by the British Raj, Girish turned the Bengali theatre into a medium for promoting Indian traditions and spiritual life, and also awakening the political consciousness of Indians. Yet with all this, Girish’s primary role in life, it seems, was to demonstrate how a sinner can become a saint—how an atheist, drunkard, and debauchee can be transformed into a great devotee and lover of God. Girish used to say that he was Ramakrishna’s miracle. Swami Chetanananda’s authoritative biography provides a fascinating introduction to Sri Ramakrishna’s most colorful and least orthodox devotee.