Teaser Tuesdays: Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous


This book came to me as a review copy. I really loved the cover and the title, and promptly signed up for it, thinking it was a dark noir-ish book. Well, it isn’t that, but I loved the book anyway.

Here’s a quote from the book about the protagonist’s thoughts after she’s roughed up in public by a bunch of religious thugs – something that is an unfortunately common occurrence in India,
when modern women clash with ultra-religious zealots.

She has never been assaulted before. She is surprised that what she feels the most is not fear or anger. Instead she feels stupid, naive, and insulted. She even feels her nation let her down, which is funny because the nation has never pretended to be anything better, it has always been honest, always conveyed to her that it was a place held by men and that she was only encroaching.

~ Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous by Manu Joseph

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Review of this book is coming up shortly.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • lizard

    My SIL recommended this one, with the warning that the plot is “a bit outlandish,” but that the characters drive the story more than the plot does. Would you agree with her on that?

  • sjhigbee

    What a pleasant change from all those high-kicking empowered females who somehow seem to be able to skate blithely over the entrenched chauvinism still so prevalent around the world… Thank you for sharing:)

  • laura thomas

    Isn’t it a nice surprise when the book wasn’t what you were expecting but you still enjoyed it!

    My TT from The Dark Man

    • Nishita

      @@laurathomas61:disqus Yes, it is. A very pleasant surprise indeed 🙂

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