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By Manu Joseph

A poignant, bitingly humorous Indian satire and love tale set in a systematic institute and in Mumbai’s humid tenements.

Ayyan Mani aren't restricted by way of Indian traditions. regardless of operating on the Institute of idea and study in Mumbai because the lowly own assistant to a super yet unbearable astronomer, he desires of extra for himself and his family.

Ever wily and impressive, Ayyan weaves plots: the 1st to cheer up his weary, soap-opera-addicted spouse via growing outrageous fictions round their ten-year-old son; the opposite to sabotage the married director by utilizing his boss’s seeming romance with the institute’s first female―and very attractive―researcher. in the meantime, because the institute’s Brahmins salary a vicious conflict over theories approximately alien lifestyles, Ayyan sees his deceptions intertwining and surroundings in movement a chain of awesome occasions he can't cease. Unfailingly humorous and irreverent, Serious Men is immediately a hilarious portrayal of runaway egos and pursuits and a relocating portrait of affection and its unusual workings.

one in every of 2010’s “First Novels to Savor.” ―Sunday Telegraph

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Ayyan went to his son and playfully ruffled his hair. And lightly eased the creases on his blouse. It was once then that Ayyan felt a stab of chilly worry. What am I doing? this is often silly. every thing goes to move fallacious. He felt these widespread acidic vapours upward thrust in his abdominal. till a number of moments in the past he was once so sure that it used to be all going to be effortless. even if the reporter and the photographer had arrived he had now not felt anxious. however it now struck him that what he used to be approximately to do used to be crazier than he had imagined. the area was once silly, after all, yet no longer so silly. It used to be no longer too overdue but to withdraw. He may well finish it straight away. He might inform the reporter that Adi used to be now not feeling rather well. however the worry by some means subsided and the chilliness in his throat used to be now the coolness of pleasure. He had concept rigorously approximately this for lots of days and he knew in his middle that not anything may possibly get it wrong. ‘You glance so shrewdpermanent, Adi, Ayyan acknowledged. ‘Now express them what you recognize. ’ Ayyan took a couple of steps again. Adi waited for a short while, and commenced the recital: ‘Two, 3, 5, seven, 11, 13, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-three …’ The characteristic author listened with a willing face. The photographer took a few photographs. Ayyan made a gesture to the photographer to indicate that he are usually not take photos now. It was once extremely important that the images weren't shot at this element. Ayyan had now not thought of the opportunity of the photographer leaping the gun, and he kicked himself for overlooking that. it might probably bring about catastrophe, Ayyan knew. Adi went on, sometimes swallowing his saliva yet with out disrupting the speed of the recital: ‘One seventy-nine, one eighty-one, one ninety-one, one ninety-three, one ninety-seven, one ninety-nine, 200 and 11, twenty-three, twenty-seven, twenty-nine …’ The reporter talked about a broadcast paper. It used to be a listing of the 1st thousand top numbers. She used to be checking if Adi used to be on target. Ayyan heard the clicks of the digital camera back, but if he grew to become, the photographer stopped. Adi went on: ‘Six sixty-one, six seventy-three, six seventy-seven, six eighty-three, six ninety-one, seven-hundred and one, 700 and 9, seven-hundred and nineteen, seven twenty-seven, seven thirty-three …’ The reporter checked out Ayyan and raised her eyebrows. Adi went a piece speedier now: ‘4943, 4951, 4957, 4967, 4969, 4973, 4987, 4993, 4999, 5003 …’ He went on and on like this and raised his voice as he eventually stated, ‘7841, 7853, 7867, 7873, 7877, 7879, 7883, 7901, 7907, 7919. ’ And he stopped. The reporter lifted her head from the sheet and clapped. Adi got rid of the earpiece and threw a short look at his father whilst he learned his mistake. He positioned it again. The photographer begun clicking. ‘Actually,’ Ayyan acknowledged, status among the photographer and his son, ‘Can I make a request? ’ He got rid of the earpiece from Adi’s ear and driven it contained in the boy’s blouse, ‘Can you're taking images of my son with no the earpiece? you notice, we don’t wish him showing as if he's handicapped in anyway.

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