SERIOUS MEN

SERIOUS MEN (English, Paperback, Manu Joseph)

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SERIOUS MEN  (English, Paperback, Manu Joseph)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Harpercollins
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9789350291955, 9350291959
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    Description

    Published in the year 2010, Serious Men is a novel that introduces the readers to Ayyan Mani, whose desire is to falsely propagate his son’s genius and his boss, Acharya.

    Summary Of The Book

    Serious Men starts off with Ayyan Mani, who is a Tamil Dalit, residing in the Worli chawls of Mumbai. Ayyan works at the Institute of Theory and Research as a personal assistant. His responsibility is to answer private phone calls and read confidential letters. Acharya is the head astronomer at the institute, and spends a great deal of time researching the actual reason behind the Universe, exploring the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Ayyan’s only desire is to bring joy to the lives of his wife and their ten year old son. He then begins to spin the yarn that his son, who is partially deaf, is a genius, which captivates nearly the entire nation.

    Acharya’s belief is that the Big Bang Theory is a proposition about the Universe’s existence by the West. He argues that the Vatican wanted to have some sort of plot that staged the creation of the Universe and the Big Bang Theory is the ideal one they chose. He goes on to explain his proposition, which is that the Universe could be a giant device that is capable of manufacturing pieces of life. Acharya gears himself towards launching a balloon into outer space, as he believes that these pieces may be floating around in the upper atmosphere.

    The time comes when Acharya meets with a young astrobiologist named Oparna Goshmaulik, who poses a threat to Acharya’s reputation and the myth surrounding Ayyan’s son. While extremely good at her work, Oparna plays the role of a seductress, carrying on an illicit affair with Acharya, who slowly shifts back into his life as a married man. What follows next is a series of engrossing events that eventually bring about a positive change in the relationships between the characters in the book.

    About Manu Joseph

    Manu Joseph is an author and journalist.

    Apart from this book, Joseph has written The Illicit Happiness of Other People.

    Joseph was born in the year 1974, in Kottayam, India. He completed his undergraduate degree from Loyola College, Chennai, and quit studying at Madras Christian College, as he wanted to pursue his career as a staff writer for the Society magazine. He has served as the features editor for The Times of India and has contributed to The Independent and Wired. Joseph currently serves as the editor of the OPEN magazine. He has also been presented with the PEN Open Book Award in 2011. In 2007, Joseph was made a Chevening Scholar. He has also been presented with the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. He currently resides in New Delhi.

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    • 249.0 Grams
    Ratings and Reviews
    4.3
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    3

    Half pathetic, Half funny

    The content of the book is 326 pages. I found half of what was written in the first 200 pages useless, pathetic and out of context. Although the plot is good enough, some scenes have be exaggerated to an unneeded extent. The last 100 pages were good enough.
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    Percy Jackson

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    30 Jan, 2015

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    Laughed away till the end

    Serious men is anything but...

    The description of the economically not so well off indian and his struggles to fit into society might fell exaggerated but the author gives a good description of the struggles of a person born into such a situation and who has not made peace with who he is..

    The protagonist Ayyan's charater is further enhanced by the rest of the cast who are poles opposite, or so Ayyan thinks.. The plot however climaxes too soon and fizzles out into oblivion..

    However, I...
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    Divya Francis

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    5 Jun, 2014

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    Faced minor issues

    Not bad
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    Arun Sriram

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    5

    Hehelarious

    Needless to say, super fast delivery and product delivered in excellent shape. The book is simply hilarious, sharp and sarcastic, something that comes to the author naturally. Great fast paced read and ample of sub-plots to keep you entertained.
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    Pooja Lapasia

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    3 Dec, 2013

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    5

    1st work...awesome writer

    it has its own funny & awesome moments....what a original piece of work..great job manu joseph..entirely wicked
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    Monika Agarwal Dhingra

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    29 Oct, 2013

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    Splendid debut

    Satire is a literary device that should be used subtly, to get the desired effect. Manu Joseph does this commendably well. His next book is on my wishlist now!
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    Abhilash

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    20 Oct, 2013

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    Enjoyable! Great Reading

    Humor at its best!
    Nice theme and wonderfully written with subtle humor.
    I love this book.
    One will not be disappointed with this book.
    The characters are realistic.
    Actually the paper back was delayed for a long time.
    The hard back was costly.
    Awaiting Manu's next book!
    Hope it is released in paper back along with the hard back.
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    Vairam Somasunderam

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    25 Dec, 2012

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    An engaging tale spun from the yarn of sadness on the wheel of satire. Brialliant and fluid prose.

    Lives of mundaneness, numbs the mosaic of details that makes up existence, pushing one over to have lived one more day. Joseph picks these tiles, and assembles a tale of divide, despair and hopelessly persisting...hope. Sometimes, along the way the suble melodrama of prose, makes one wonder if the author started writing a script for a bollywood flick and mid way changed his mind for a novel instead. Nevertheless its one piece of excellent story telling. And by-the-way, if you had ever been t...
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    Anish Sugathan

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    5 May, 2012

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    Great Indian Fiction

    Thanks for restoring my faith in Indian Fiction once again.
    Read this after reading reviews on Flipkart, and i have never been more satisfied.
    Thank you Flipkart for a wonderful delivery
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    Pranjal sood

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    15 Jun, 2015

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