Ayyan Mani, one of the thousands of dalit (untouchable caste) men trapped in Mumbai’s slums, works in the Institute of Theory and Research as the lowly assistant to the director, a brilliant self-assured astronomer. Ever wily and ambitious, Ayyan weaves tw ...more
- Chuck Plahniuk, author of Fight Club
'Indian crackheads are boring, they're real lowlives. They don't read Les Miserables or talk existentialism, they just sprawl on the roads at night, I hate such junkies, I wouldn't have written about them in thousand years.'
- Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting
'I'm not sure if I would've written something like Less than Zero or American Psycho if I was an Indian, they got something else to deal w ...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
Serious Men is a great science fiction novel. A lot of the novel is s ...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
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
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
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
And one fine sleepless night, tired from the lack of doing anything serious I dived into SERIOUS MEN. I confess it has been one of my best uncalculated decisions that has made my self-belief ...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
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
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
While this unputtdownable 300-odd-page debut novel of Manu Joseph is a simple story of heist, it is a fantastic social commentary of India's caste politics, life in Mumbai, government-funded research institutes, media, sexism at work, and parenting. Ther ...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
it is based in india.
it is about an indian man called ayyan mani who lives in bombay.
actually this book is based in bombay.
its all about his son adi , his full name is adi mani.
he talks about life outside earth and about Extraterrestrial intelligence.
he has a wife called oja mani.
he has a son called aditya mani or simple known as adi mani .
his son is a genuis.
thats what his teachers think so.
he is very brilliant and knowns a lot.
he wins a scholarship to study in swi ...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
Ayyan lives an ordinary life in a chawl in Mumbai with his wife Oja and son Adi. The son is no genius but like a ...more
I had heard a lot about Manu Joseph, the author, and hence was curious when I saw his name on the library bookshelf. I wouldn't call myself too happy, but this one was a good book.
Ayyan Mani is sole breadwinner of a family of three, living in a chawl in Mumbai. The initial pages of the book give a good description of Ayyan and the way his mind works. He wor ...more
"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.”