Ever wily and ambitious, Ayyan weaves two plots: the first to cheer up his weary, soap-opera-addicted wife by creating outrageous f ...more
1. Take a wickedly genius lower class Dalit's story.
2. Add space scientists from ISRO. Sprinkle research science jargons.. and mock them up.
3. The usual spices - office politics, extra marital love affair, child prodigy.
4. Mix everything with keen observations gently. Ensure the story stays simple and linear.
5. Pour cold blooded rib tickling laughter generously. Treat with fumes of tear jerking laughing gas.
6. Ready! Now serve it in a super ...more
What tickled me the most about Manu Joseph's 'Serious Men' (apart from the humour of his witty and observant sarcasm), are two retrospective qualities (that i felt the book has after i finished it) - the amazing simplicity of the story and its complete plausibility. It is a powerfully written tale of a man (and a few serious men) that is not entirely impossible, and i almost secretly wished these men and that man existed already, that the story were true. Man ...more
After the book's release, Anil Luthra, Metro Editor from The Times of India had published what people said about this book.
Holy Shit. My job is in danger - Stephen Hawking
If I had a father like Ayyan Mani, I would've been a better person, avoided plagiarism, and co-founded something original. This book changed my perception towards life. - Bill Gates
I want to meet Ayyan Mani. I thi...more
Serious Men is a work, where so many things happen at so many levels, so many issues are tackled or brought forward, that you tend ...more
Joseph targets the layering of Indian society; Brahmins and Dalits, education, marital relations, political corruption, particularly deliciously the scientific community and the search for extra-terrestial life (along with the future of physics)and the nature of love.
Ayyan Mani works in administration in a scientific institute where there a ...more
Ayyan Mani, the Dalit clerk to the Brahmin scientists interpolated himself into all affairs of the Science and technology institute, where two Brahmin giants are battling out their opposing views about alien invasion. Oporna, the clever female scientist becomes crucial to their battle ...more
After reading Manu Joseph’s 2010 debut novel, Serious Men, one of the questions on my mind was: why isn’t the book ten times as popular as it is? A novel as entertaining as this one is rare to find – add to that the fact that it also makes cogent remarks about Brahminism, about Indian parents’ atrocious ambitions for their children, and about illicit love.
Serious Men doesn’t read like the work of a debutante. Perhaps Joseph’s long exper ...more
Author has succeeded in not giving any extra space to any sentiment than it needs. This is perhaps one of the few books of which I have read every printed word.
There are many instances in the novel where one thing is compared to other for example brahmins vs dalits. In most of the books/stories I have read, when ...more
Studded with such cutting one-liners and paragraphs of piercing satire, "Serious Men" is seriously a comic read. What I like about Joseph is that he does not spare anyone. Whether its a poor Dalit clerk with an apparently-genius son or its the narcissist Brahmin, director of the fictional scientific institute in Mumbai - Joseph tears every character apart one by one, and yet you can't help liking them.
From the ...more
Serious Men — the book’s satyrical title — refers to Aravind Acharya, the world-famous cosmologist who directs the Institute of Theory and Research in M ...more
The story started off at a snail pace. It almost felt as if it didn't have a motive. But it picked up a quarter the way in. I found the writing pretty good, but heavy in detail. I guess that's the author's journalist background coming through. I thought the author spent way too much time narrating. And the astronomy scenes almost ma ...more
In some respects, Serious Men is a lot like The White ...more
Manu does an excellent job of making the characters funny, flawed, and relatable, even in the midst of a setting foreign to many Goodreads users. Those who are ...more
Two aging, eccentric Brahmin scientists at the Institute of Theory and Research in Mumbai vie for ...more
So composed and normal she appeared, but in her eyes he saw the hidden insanity of some women that drove men to the security of marrying others,
"Since my sperm count is half the normal rate, you must be doubly prepared to sleep with me," he had said.
He stood rooted near his chair and contemplated the acoustics in the basement, and why men married, and the exalted place of fidelity on a dwarf planet that went around a mediocre main-sequence star somewhere in the outer arm of just ...more
Midway though now, I'm starting to love this book. I'm starting to think I have a literary brown fever. Joseph writes with ease and grace. Consider these two sentences I"ve earmarked, from different pages:
"The success of an old man lies in not wishing for company." p.61
"He saw in her the unmistakable insanity of ...more
"Serious Men" is told from the point of view of Ayyan Mani, a slum-dwelling m ...more
The book has simple plots that revolves around ordinary people who have their grand schemes and ambitions. And the envious neighbors, hungry media, votebank politicians,passionate scientists (and science), vengeful lovers and office politics make for a fun light read.
Manu Joseph writ ...more
If that is the rarified world he knows, how is so f ...more
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"Jesus Christ?" Nambodri asked, with a faintly derogatory chuckle.
"Yes. They are exactly like Jesus Christ. You know that he turned water into wine."
"I've heard that story."
"From the point of view of pure chemistry, it is more miraculous to make wine into water than water into wine. But he did not do that. Because if he had gone to someone's house and converted their wine into water, they would have crucified him much earlier. He knew, Jana. He knew making water into wine was a more popular thing to do.”