6A. 5. THE WORLD'S TOP Authors India - Joseph Manu ANNIVERSARY Issue 2013 CROP






Manu Joseph




Journalist and writer Manu Joseph was born in Kerala in southwest India and grew up in Chennai (formerly Madras).  He graduated from Loyola College in Chennai and attended Madras Christian College, although he dropped out to become a journalist. In 2007 he became a Chevening Scholar, an award handed out annually by the British Government to 12 journalists who, it is believed, will shape opinions in the future.  He has worked with The Times of India, The Independent, Wired, and the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times.  He is currently the editor of OPEN magazine.


Serious Men, Mr. Joseph’s first novel, is an examination of caste in present day India.  In the book he tells the story of an intelligent Dalit (previously known as an “untouchable”, the lowest rung of the Hindu caste system).  Mr. Joseph has stated that in India, people are fooled by English articulation, which they mistake for intelligence.  His novel attempts to show a man’s “real” intelligence.  The book won The Hindu Literary Prize and the PEN Open Book Award.  It was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for best comic novel.


Mr. Joseph’s second novel, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, is set in the Madras of his youth.  A satirical portrayal of society, it revolves around a family’s investigation of their son, and shows the love of a family trying to survive in the desperate world in which they live.


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