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Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous ❴Reading❵ ➿ Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous Author Manu Joseph – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk On the day that Hindu nationalists have won a spectacular election victory a building collapses in Mumbai The rescue operation finds a single survivor in the debris The only person able to reach him i On the Armed and ePUB ´ day that Hindu nationalists have won a spectacular election victory a building collapses in Mumbai The rescue operation finds a single survivor in the debris The only person able to reach him is Akhila Iyer a medical student who is also a notorious social media prankster She finds him mumbling in delirium that two people are on their way to carry out a terror attack Elsewhere a young intelligence agent Mukundan is assigned to shadow the two terror suspects.

  • Hardcover
  • 216 pages
  • Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous
  • Manu Joseph
  • English
  • 06 December 2016
  • 9789352770441

10 thoughts on “Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous

  1. Prabhat Singh Prabhat Singh says:

    There are two Manu Josephs One Manu the author Two Manu the journalist The first is an inspiration while the second is a warning In his previous two books Manu the journalist took a backseat and Manu the author – capable of staining the blank page with words of timeless wisdom shone through In this book however exactly the opposite has happenedFirst and foremost this book should be deprived of its “fiction” tag The only fictional element here is the lame name changes done to barely mask the identity of well known real life public figures This book is essentially an extended heavily biased opinion piece laying out the author’s thoughts on a particular case that rocked India over a decade back and continues to emit aftershocks Although I will avoid spoilers anyone with a fair command on current affairs will be able to guess the real life euivalents of the book’s characters and its plot just a few pages into itThe book’s best part – the author’s uintessential though grossly generalizing barbs against human rights activists – also turns out to be its most ironic In presenting a completely one sided view of important real life events and the people involved in it while ignoring all evidence to the contrary Manu exposes himself as an activist and perhaps a cowardly one at that for his activism hides in the garb of fiction I should mention here that asking tough uestions is the job of a journalist but asking them in a way so as to turn public opinion favourable to one’s own is not only irresponsible but also dangerous But then as I said Manu the journalist is a warningOf course not everything about the book is bad Despite all his biases it's highly admirable that for Manu there are no holy cows not even Raghuram Rajan The interviews Akhila conducts with some of the most towering personalities of our times are surreal and hilarious Like his previous works this book has Manu’s signatures – underdog male characters strong female characters and of course words of timeless wisdom Although the beginning seems jagged due to far too many interjections by the author’s voice it soon picks up pace and reads like a thriller It’s a given that the enjoyment readers gets out of this book will be directly proportional to their ignorance about the goings on of the world The plot twist towards the end is admirable tooI’ll leave you with some gems that only Manu is capable of writing“Hope is a premonition of defeat”“There is no evidence of Damodarbhai’s guilt except one Hindus adore him and they can’t explain why”“Damodarbhai is not right Damodarbhai is not wrong He is a secret thought that people have already thought”“You can defame love by calling it madness which only confirms its existence”A character’s response when his daughter asks him why he stays in India despite disliking it so much “India is a wound But it is not a wound like a whiplash It is a wound like a spouse”“Sweetheart I’ll always be yours because no one else might want me or I might be too frightened to stray for that is what faithful men are unwanted or cowards”Wait I forgot to ask the most important uestion Considering the entire book is based on true events what if the man under the rubble turns out real too? If he does I will go back the very day and change this review as well as my thoughts on Manu the journalist Till then I hope to read of Manu the author

  2. Cbj Cbj says:

    Miss Laila is the sort of book where you don't really know which side the author sympathizes with The novel trapezes across a few contemporary events in Indian society like the Ishrat Jahan encounter killing the Gujarat earthuake and the ascent of Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalists The characters include one of Joseph's best creations Akhila Iyer a female prankster who makes videos that poke fun at prominent personalities especially liberals Manu Joseph observes everything with an air of serious drollness He is not someone who would write long pointless articles about the emergence of fascism that merely state the obvious His commentary on the rise of Modi is the best I have read He says that evil is an eual opportunity hiring place where the biggest asshole Modi Trump etc rises to the top While the good is a well entrenched network where only the duds with connections seem to rise to the top Rahul Gandhi Hilary Clinton etc Manu Joseph's villains are the activists and social justice warriors The character Akhila Iyer could well be a mouthpiece for Manu Joseph's views about Indian society My review might suggest that Manu Joseph sympathizes with the Hindu right wing He does not He is not Paul Joseph Watson He is asking for a higher standard to judge liberals He also suggests that the law will finally catch up with the murderers of Ishrat JahanManu Joseph's two earlier novels had elements of genre fiction Serious Men was like a heist thriller The Illicit Happiness of Other People had an investigation into a suicide Miss Laila has a tense car chasepursuit at its center Miss Laila is a terrific thriller with interesting and original views about Indian society Manu Joseph is the best writer in India today Here is a man who chooses his words carefully Never does a trite remark or sentence escape from his pen It is almost as if he is serving literature and not humanity or some ideology

  3. A Man Called Ove A Man Called Ove says:

    455 There r faces that only an Indian can make Like that baffled face when he is shocked by the most logical outcome of his actions He crosses the road like a cow and he is startled by a truck A vehicle on the road? How? He walks across the railway track and he finds a train hurtling towards him A train on a railway track? He is stunnedThe release of this book kept getting delayed and I would check every couple of days to see whether it is available Bought it at 8 mins after midnight and must have been the first one to buy a Kindle edition And it was worth itManu Joseph is a brilliant author whose satire will make u laugh then u will pause and reflect; Many times in a book And while Joseph said that courage is either foolish or ignorant I think this book was extremely courageous and is neither Kudos

  4. Gurveen Kaur Gurveen Kaur says:

    There are faces that only an Indian can make Like that baffled face when he is shocked by the most logical outcome of his actions He crosses the road like a cow and he is startled by a truck A vehicle on the road? How? He walks across the railway track and he finds a train hurtling towards him A train on a railway track? He is stunnedThis uote from the book explains a lot about what it has in store for the readers I have a lot of things I want to talk specifically about specially the political instances referred But maybe in a detailed post later For now I'd like to share my thoughts on it and why this book isn't for everyone in a videoClick here to watch Biblio Thoughts on Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous by Manu Jospeh It's offensive but I loved it

  5. Girish Girish says:

    35 stars rounded to 3 When you pick up a book with great expectations you are being unfair to the author's creativity This book by Manu Joseph stays close to the journalist in him than on the human character expert that made us love him Standalone this book is readable but not one that you want to become a brand ambassadorMiss Laila Armed and Dangerous could be a satire or a thinly veiled soft expose Whichever be the case the book knows to tell a good story Akhila Iyer a standup comedian who takes on the leftist agenda through pranks and who has recently made fun on the Sangh's demigod DaMo is taught a lesson by the goons The same day a building in Mumbai collapses and DaMo sweeps the elections A lone survivor in the building is ranting about a terror plot involving Jamal and Laila and Akhila is the conduit between the trapped man and the police above It becomes a thriller from chapter 5 onwardsAt a subliminal level it takes on the ideological aspects of activism of any kind We tend to vilify any threats to our identity be it minority independent women western influences reservationmeritocracy you name it In one of the clever chapters towards the end Manu Joseph demonstrates this activism with a wailing baby in an aircraft and the business class divide Aside his earlier two books were enmeshed with uotes that exhibited brilliant wit and human character This was few and far in between in this book primarily due to the agenda for an author which is to shock you than entertain you And if you are someone with limited tolerance to mock you There were some gems along the way Sample this There are faces only an Indian can make Like that baffled face when he is shocked by the most logical outcome of his actions He crosses the road like a cow and he is startled by a truck A vehicle on the road? How? He walks across the railway track and he finds a train hurtling towards him A train on a railway track? He is stunned Too few witty lines and to me the book gets buried in the expectations from the author in him Readable but I wish it had been remarkableedit Read the case account of Ishrat Jahan encounter and new found respect for the theme

  6. Em*bedded-in-books* Em*bedded-in-books* says:

    35 starsWith Illicit happiness of other people and Serious men Manu Joseph has easily become one of my favourite contemporary Indian authors Hence I pounced upon this book as soon as I came to know of it This one ranks beneath the above 2 novels but above Lost Libido and other pulp fiction his collection of short storiesThis novel is about a plucky young news reporter vlogger wbo is not afraid to caricature and publicly humiliate all pompous public figures irrespective of their caste or political beliefs After all she lost her mother to misplaced communist idealism Mukundan a young police in the CBI who wants to maintain his work ethics Laila a 19 year old Muslim girl who is burdened with a widowed mother and half a dozen younger siblings whom she has to support Jamal her employer various political bigwigs who can be very well identified with living personae with a little imaginationThe past and present collude and we get s fast paced story set in the premises of a collapsed low cost building in MumbaiWas a uick read Enjoyed most partsBut if one is new to Manu Joseph please read the other two books first

  7. Vijetha Vijetha says:

    3rd November35 stars The book reads well and makes for a pacy interesting story but truth be told I didn't get my closure with it by the end of the book and I wanted to read about the actual incident Ishrat Jahan Case if you're curious tooI'm all in for satire in stories and this is precisely what works for me in Manu Joseph's writings That said the story as a whole felt incomplete it being a writing on a real life encounter case I guess there will be loose ends as there are limits to both journalism and investigation I didn't hate it I just didn't love it as much as I loved The Illicit Happiness of Other PeopleEnd of reviewI've read in one of the reviews here that they would love to know if Mukundan too is based on a real life character I would like to believe that his character is inspired by the writer's own experience with the incident view spoiler It's been than a decade and here he is writing about the incident isn't that what Mukundan does throughout the story too recall the incident as if it was just happening then? No?Just me then hide spoiler

  8. Gorab Jain Gorab Jain says:

    25Disappointed Serious and Illicit expectations from the author killed it for me

  9. Ritesh Kukrety Ritesh Kukrety says:

    I would have given this a three star rating after the first 50 pages or so The writing was good if a little rambly The author's predisposition to poke fun at both sides of the political spectrum shone through at times while at others it felt a bit flat and forced Some of the ideas and musing were interesting while others just too tangential to the flow of the narrative Well well Manu I thought where are you going with thisAs if in response the writing shifted up another gear Without realising it I was drawn into the narrative pulling curiously at the little threads that he'd left as breadcrumbs for me to follow There was Akhila instigator and prankster; there was the Hindu Patriarch Professor Vaid analysing her pranks in context with the larger sociopolitical spectrum; there was the poor bastard trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building; there was Jamal a suspect terrorist and Laila's boss; there was Mukundan the IB officer following Jamal; there was Alisha I could be getting the name wrong here Laila's little sister and her closest confidante; there was Bheem the leader of the Beards and a staunch Hindutva flagbearer who featured in the good books of Damodarbhai ex CM of Gujarat and the would be PM of the country And then there was Laila Raza the titular character but always shown through the eyes of someone else Her hopes her dreams her thoughts her actions are all from the perspective of the people narrating it coloured by their perception of who she is It was a curious device to employ this non subjective representation It made you think you knew who Laila was and know you didn't Not reallyThe story progresses and all the loose ends are tied up in a gangbanger of an ending The climax literally swept me off my feet The thinly veiled satire you know which real life person each character apart from Akhila and Mukundan I guess is supposed to represent brings a haunting biting perspective to a highly publicised police encounter that is still unresolved and is by now mired in so many claim and counterclaims that it is difficult to identify what is truth and what isn't Manu Joseph pulls no punches when he delivers his verdict of guilty on everyone involved the law enforcement the government the media the social activists the facist right wingers the liberal left wingers Top stuff this Five stars through and through

  10. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    I missed something here I think There are the stories of a vlogger prankster a man trapped in a collapsed building a girl whose sister is on a road trip with her boyfriend and one of the policemen following them because the boyfriend is a suspected terrorist They intersect and sort of fit together eventually but it doesn't really form a satisfying whole in story terms However it's based on real events that I don't know about so I think I just don't have the basic information to interpret what's on the page Hey ho the author writes very well so I'll try something else that's intended as a novel

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10 thoughts on “Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous

  1. Prabhat Singh Prabhat Singh says:

    There are two Manu Josephs One Manu the author Two Manu the journalist The first is an inspiration while the second is a warning In his previous two books Manu the journalist took a backseat and Manu the author – capable of staining the blank page with words of timeless wisdom shone through In this book however exactly the opposite has happenedFirst and foremost this book should be deprived of its “fiction” tag The only fictional element here is the lame name changes done to barely mask the identity of well known real life public figures This book is essentially an extended heavily biased opinion piece laying out the author’s thoughts on a particular case that rocked India over a decade back and continues to emit aftershocks Although I will avoid spoilers anyone with a fair command on current affairs will be able to guess the real life euivalents of the book’s characters and its plot just a few pages into itThe book’s best part – the author’s uintessential though grossly generalizing barbs against human rights activists – also turns out to be its most ironic In presenting a completely one sided view of important real life events and the people involved in it while ignoring all evidence to the contrary Manu exposes himself as an activist and perhaps a cowardly one at that for his activism hides in the garb of fiction I should mention here that asking tough uestions is the job of a journalist but asking them in a way so as to turn public opinion favourable to one’s own is not only irresponsible but also dangerous But then as I said Manu the journalist is a warningOf course not everything about the book is bad Despite all his biases it's highly admirable that for Manu there are no holy cows not even Raghuram Rajan The interviews Akhila conducts with some of the most towering personalities of our times are surreal and hilarious Like his previous works this book has Manu’s signatures – underdog male characters strong female characters and of course words of timeless wisdom Although the beginning seems jagged due to far too many interjections by the author’s voice it soon picks up pace and reads like a thriller It’s a given that the enjoyment readers gets out of this book will be directly proportional to their ignorance about the goings on of the world The plot twist towards the end is admirable tooI’ll leave you with some gems that only Manu is capable of writing“Hope is a premonition of defeat”“There is no evidence of Damodarbhai’s guilt except one Hindus adore him and they can’t explain why”“Damodarbhai is not right Damodarbhai is not wrong He is a secret thought that people have already thought”“You can defame love by calling it madness which only confirms its existence”A character’s response when his daughter asks him why he stays in India despite disliking it so much “India is a wound But it is not a wound like a whiplash It is a wound like a spouse”“Sweetheart I’ll always be yours because no one else might want me or I might be too frightened to stray for that is what faithful men are unwanted or cowards”Wait I forgot to ask the most important uestion Considering the entire book is based on true events what if the man under the rubble turns out real too? If he does I will go back the very day and change this review as well as my thoughts on Manu the journalist Till then I hope to read of Manu the author

  2. Cbj Cbj says:

    Miss Laila is the sort of book where you don't really know which side the author sympathizes with The novel trapezes across a few contemporary events in Indian society like the Ishrat Jahan encounter killing the Gujarat earthuake and the ascent of Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalists The characters include one of Joseph's best creations Akhila Iyer a female prankster who makes videos that poke fun at prominent personalities especially liberals Manu Joseph observes everything with an air of serious drollness He is not someone who would write long pointless articles about the emergence of fascism that merely state the obvious His commentary on the rise of Modi is the best I have read He says that evil is an eual opportunity hiring place where the biggest asshole Modi Trump etc rises to the top While the good is a well entrenched network where only the duds with connections seem to rise to the top Rahul Gandhi Hilary Clinton etc Manu Joseph's villains are the activists and social justice warriors The character Akhila Iyer could well be a mouthpiece for Manu Joseph's views about Indian society My review might suggest that Manu Joseph sympathizes with the Hindu right wing He does not He is not Paul Joseph Watson He is asking for a higher standard to judge liberals He also suggests that the law will finally catch up with the murderers of Ishrat JahanManu Joseph's two earlier novels had elements of genre fiction Serious Men was like a heist thriller The Illicit Happiness of Other People had an investigation into a suicide Miss Laila has a tense car chasepursuit at its center Miss Laila is a terrific thriller with interesting and original views about Indian society Manu Joseph is the best writer in India today Here is a man who chooses his words carefully Never does a trite remark or sentence escape from his pen It is almost as if he is serving literature and not humanity or some ideology

  3. A Man Called Ove A Man Called Ove says:

    455 There r faces that only an Indian can make Like that baffled face when he is shocked by the most logical outcome of his actions He crosses the road like a cow and he is startled by a truck A vehicle on the road? How? He walks across the railway track and he finds a train hurtling towards him A train on a railway track? He is stunnedThe release of this book kept getting delayed and I would check every couple of days to see whether it is available Bought it at 8 mins after midnight and must have been the first one to buy a Kindle edition And it was worth itManu Joseph is a brilliant author whose satire will make u laugh then u will pause and reflect; Many times in a book And while Joseph said that courage is either foolish or ignorant I think this book was extremely courageous and is neither Kudos

  4. Gurveen Kaur Gurveen Kaur says:

    There are faces that only an Indian can make Like that baffled face when he is shocked by the most logical outcome of his actions He crosses the road like a cow and he is startled by a truck A vehicle on the road? How? He walks across the railway track and he finds a train hurtling towards him A train on a railway track? He is stunnedThis uote from the book explains a lot about what it has in store for the readers I have a lot of things I want to talk specifically about specially the political instances referred But maybe in a detailed post later For now I'd like to share my thoughts on it and why this book isn't for everyone in a videoClick here to watch Biblio Thoughts on Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous by Manu Jospeh It's offensive but I loved it

  5. Girish Girish says:

    35 stars rounded to 3 When you pick up a book with great expectations you are being unfair to the author's creativity This book by Manu Joseph stays close to the journalist in him than on the human character expert that made us love him Standalone this book is readable but not one that you want to become a brand ambassadorMiss Laila Armed and Dangerous could be a satire or a thinly veiled soft expose Whichever be the case the book knows to tell a good story Akhila Iyer a standup comedian who takes on the leftist agenda through pranks and who has recently made fun on the Sangh's demigod DaMo is taught a lesson by the goons The same day a building in Mumbai collapses and DaMo sweeps the elections A lone survivor in the building is ranting about a terror plot involving Jamal and Laila and Akhila is the conduit between the trapped man and the police above It becomes a thriller from chapter 5 onwardsAt a subliminal level it takes on the ideological aspects of activism of any kind We tend to vilify any threats to our identity be it minority independent women western influences reservationmeritocracy you name it In one of the clever chapters towards the end Manu Joseph demonstrates this activism with a wailing baby in an aircraft and the business class divide Aside his earlier two books were enmeshed with uotes that exhibited brilliant wit and human character This was few and far in between in this book primarily due to the agenda for an author which is to shock you than entertain you And if you are someone with limited tolerance to mock you There were some gems along the way Sample this There are faces only an Indian can make Like that baffled face when he is shocked by the most logical outcome of his actions He crosses the road like a cow and he is startled by a truck A vehicle on the road? How? He walks across the railway track and he finds a train hurtling towards him A train on a railway track? He is stunned Too few witty lines and to me the book gets buried in the expectations from the author in him Readable but I wish it had been remarkableedit Read the case account of Ishrat Jahan encounter and new found respect for the theme

  6. Em*bedded-in-books* Em*bedded-in-books* says:

    35 starsWith Illicit happiness of other people and Serious men Manu Joseph has easily become one of my favourite contemporary Indian authors Hence I pounced upon this book as soon as I came to know of it This one ranks beneath the above 2 novels but above Lost Libido and other pulp fiction his collection of short storiesThis novel is about a plucky young news reporter vlogger wbo is not afraid to caricature and publicly humiliate all pompous public figures irrespective of their caste or political beliefs After all she lost her mother to misplaced communist idealism Mukundan a young police in the CBI who wants to maintain his work ethics Laila a 19 year old Muslim girl who is burdened with a widowed mother and half a dozen younger siblings whom she has to support Jamal her employer various political bigwigs who can be very well identified with living personae with a little imaginationThe past and present collude and we get s fast paced story set in the premises of a collapsed low cost building in MumbaiWas a uick read Enjoyed most partsBut if one is new to Manu Joseph please read the other two books first

  7. Vijetha Vijetha says:

    3rd November35 stars The book reads well and makes for a pacy interesting story but truth be told I didn't get my closure with it by the end of the book and I wanted to read about the actual incident Ishrat Jahan Case if you're curious tooI'm all in for satire in stories and this is precisely what works for me in Manu Joseph's writings That said the story as a whole felt incomplete it being a writing on a real life encounter case I guess there will be loose ends as there are limits to both journalism and investigation I didn't hate it I just didn't love it as much as I loved The Illicit Happiness of Other PeopleEnd of reviewI've read in one of the reviews here that they would love to know if Mukundan too is based on a real life character I would like to believe that his character is inspired by the writer's own experience with the incident view spoiler It's been than a decade and here he is writing about the incident isn't that what Mukundan does throughout the story too recall the incident as if it was just happening then? No?Just me then hide spoiler

  8. Gorab Jain Gorab Jain says:

    25Disappointed Serious and Illicit expectations from the author killed it for me

  9. Ritesh Kukrety Ritesh Kukrety says:

    I would have given this a three star rating after the first 50 pages or so The writing was good if a little rambly The author's predisposition to poke fun at both sides of the political spectrum shone through at times while at others it felt a bit flat and forced Some of the ideas and musing were interesting while others just too tangential to the flow of the narrative Well well Manu I thought where are you going with thisAs if in response the writing shifted up another gear Without realising it I was drawn into the narrative pulling curiously at the little threads that he'd left as breadcrumbs for me to follow There was Akhila instigator and prankster; there was the Hindu Patriarch Professor Vaid analysing her pranks in context with the larger sociopolitical spectrum; there was the poor bastard trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building; there was Jamal a suspect terrorist and Laila's boss; there was Mukundan the IB officer following Jamal; there was Alisha I could be getting the name wrong here Laila's little sister and her closest confidante; there was Bheem the leader of the Beards and a staunch Hindutva flagbearer who featured in the good books of Damodarbhai ex CM of Gujarat and the would be PM of the country And then there was Laila Raza the titular character but always shown through the eyes of someone else Her hopes her dreams her thoughts her actions are all from the perspective of the people narrating it coloured by their perception of who she is It was a curious device to employ this non subjective representation It made you think you knew who Laila was and know you didn't Not reallyThe story progresses and all the loose ends are tied up in a gangbanger of an ending The climax literally swept me off my feet The thinly veiled satire you know which real life person each character apart from Akhila and Mukundan I guess is supposed to represent brings a haunting biting perspective to a highly publicised police encounter that is still unresolved and is by now mired in so many claim and counterclaims that it is difficult to identify what is truth and what isn't Manu Joseph pulls no punches when he delivers his verdict of guilty on everyone involved the law enforcement the government the media the social activists the facist right wingers the liberal left wingers Top stuff this Five stars through and through

  10. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    I missed something here I think There are the stories of a vlogger prankster a man trapped in a collapsed building a girl whose sister is on a road trip with her boyfriend and one of the policemen following them because the boyfriend is a suspected terrorist They intersect and sort of fit together eventually but it doesn't really form a satisfying whole in story terms However it's based on real events that I don't know about so I think I just don't have the basic information to interpret what's on the page Hey ho the author writes very well so I'll try something else that's intended as a novel

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