Serious Men

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HarperCollins, Aug 16, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Ayyan Mani works in the Institute of Theory and Researchas a personal assistant to a brilliant, insufferable astronomer,Arvind Acharya, who is obsessed with his theory aboutmicroscopic aliens falling to earth. Mani is one of the thousandsof men stranded in the slums of Mumbai, but ever theopportunist, Mani is also an astute observer and sly eavesdropper,and he makes sure he knows everything that is going on inthe Institute, listening in on private conversations, and opening,reading and resealing confidential couriered letters.

Partly to entertain himself, partly to cheer up his once animatedbut now work-worn wife, partly to bolster his ten-year-old son’s confidence, Mani weaves an outrageous fictionaround the boy -- a fiction that captures the interest of his superiorsat the Institute and threatens to set into motion an unstoppableand disastrous chain of events. And Mani, strugglingto keep his own dreams alive, sees opportunity in everything.

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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

I thought this would be a funny, satirical novel. While it does have many touches of humor, it is also a serious examination of the lingering effects of the caste system in contemporary India. Its ... Read full review

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User Review  - nivramkoorb - LibraryThing

Not sure how I heard about this book but I am glad that I read it. It is a social satire about the highs and lows of Indian society set in Mumbai. The main character is a dalit(formerly an untouchable ... Read full review

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MANU JOSEPH is the editor of the Indian news magazine OPEN and a columnist with the International Herald Tribune. His first novel, Serious Men, won the PEN Open Book Award and The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010. It was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, and was picked by The Independent, The Huffington Post, and the California

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