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Serious Men By Manu JosephThere are certain things that seem to be a given amongst Indian novels these days especially after White Tiger came into being – for example the under dog anti hero for instance, who has to live in suitably underprivileged circumstances, while fighting against the system that conspires to keep him down. In Manu Joseph’s debut novel, this is Ayyan Mani, a dalit who lives in one room in the BDD chawl with his wife and 10 year old hearing challenged son.

The chawl bring us into Slumdog Millionaire territory which is most probably intentional, especially in the section where Joseph describes the lines outside the toilets and Ayyan Mani’s wish to showcase his son’s talent there.

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