Subhas Anandan, “The Best I Could”

The Best I Could The Best I Could by Subhas Anandan

My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
It’s clear that Subhas Anandan wants to be seen as someone who values family ties, friendships and loyalty above all. What may surprise some people are his fairly conservative views: he has strong words for drug abusers and strongly disapproves of gambling.

Most of all he believes in the Singapore justice system. Although he would be the first to point out the system’s shortcomings, he genuinely believes that it works most of the time.

Even so, readers may be unnerved by some of his insights. For example he points out that contrary to popular assumption, an acquittal does not mean that the accused is innocent, merely that his guilt was not proved beyond reasonable doubt.

Insofar as it’s possible to derive insights into a person’s character from his writing, Subhas emerges as a very private man with strong sense of loyalty, fairness and compassion. For a perceptive reader, the gaps in his narrative will provide tantalising hints to Subhas’s network of contacts and to how he actually sees the world.

But even the most dull will notice some unusual editorial choices. For example, Subhas’s description of his prison experiences are abruptly cut short and the book jumps to the section describing some of his cases, leaving the reader wanting him to finish this fascinating part of his life. Later he voluntarily includes a facsimile of a letter from one of his clients, currently detained indefinitely at the President’s pleasure. In view of his comments on the case, it seems clear that Subhas is trying to win sympathy for the boy.

His writing is concise and the tone scrupulously objective. Those looking for more lurid material (given Subhas’s career) will probably be disappointed. However the content is far from boring, and Subhas’s dry humour flashes occasionally.

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2 thoughts on “Subhas Anandan, “The Best I Could””

  1. Hi Readymade,
    thanks for the review. this book is next on my read-list, right after David Marshall’s biography by Dr Kelvin Tan.

    what pen are you using today? 😉 I’m hunting for a multipen, Zebra X (ST3 and LT3). Any heads-up will be appreciated.

    cheerio

    1. No prob 🙂 Today in my pen cosy – Pilot Custom 823, Parker Duofold “Big Red”, and a Nakaya Piccolo, Cigar model, Kuro-tamenuri finish.

      Mmm… Have you tried ANBC? Branches at Raffles City, and Bugis, and at Kinokuniya bookstores. Or try Stationery Superstore at Funan?

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