** Serious Men by Manu Joseph

In Serious Men we meet prejudiced Brahmins, male astrophysicists who can’t quite work with the new female astrophysicists without flirting with her, a scheming Dalit who sets up his son to win contests so he is acclaimed as a genius while his wife worries that the boy is not “normal”, and a stern nun, the school principal, who tries to convert him.

So it should be fun, right? Except that the story strands don’t quite come together and despite the funny local details I could never really get into the book.


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