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Subhas Anandan: The Best I Could (new edition)() About the Book“We live in a society where our judicial system is such that every man. Learn more about The Best I Could in the National Library Board Singapore digital collection. Title details for The Best I Could by Subhas Anandan – Available. Part autobiography, part log of Singapore’s criminal history, The Best I Could was written by Singapore’s most prominent criminal lawyer, Subhas Anandan.

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I have nothing but huge respect for him after reading. Thank you for fould in simple plain English and not legalese. Subhas Anandan is fearless, witty, playful, compassionate, but also prone to getting into trouble and knows members of triads and gangs from childhood and his time in prison so it made sense that he ended up becoming a criminal lawyer, but it is testament to his own talent and dubhas passion for his work that he became one of the best criminal lawyers in Singapore’s history.

Fascinating story of Mr Subhas’s own life as well as the entertaining stories of his criminal clients——many who are one and the same.

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Please open the page in subnas different browser. Subhas Anandan is undoubtedly the best-known criminal lawyer in Singapore. Sign in to see the full collection.

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 fould life. Like the Justice who was a Christian elder who had a particular dislike for cases concerning extra-marital affairs The politics of the Law Society, justice vs law, and the responsibility of a lawyer who has been assigned to a criminal he might not necessarily agree with.

The last chapter about keeping promises also throws a light on his innate character, of one who would keep up to his end of the deal, and seems to me to be the most touching too. Toggle is a free app required to watch this content.


Some of the cases were also familiar to me because I had studied them as part of a forensic science module I took.

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. Another kind and compassionate side of him could be seen. Although he would be the first to point out the system’s shortcomings, he genuinely believes that it works most of the time.

From taking on the sensational cases of Took Leng How, Anthony Ler and Ah Long San to his views on mandatory death sentences and ‘police entrapment’, Subhas Anandan has become the face of criminal defence in Singapore. In view of his comments on the case, it seems clear that Subhas is trying to win sympathy for the boy. Kenny Hang rated it really liked it Dec 08, Sep 02, Jermaine Tan rated it it was amazing.

Has he ever felt sorry for the clients he represents? It was quite an eye-opener, reading about Anandan’s younger days where he displayed unruly and mischievous behaviour that I definitely did not expect from one of Singapore’s most prominent criminal lawyers. He handled well over 1, criminal cases from murder and kidnapping to drug trafficking, and defended those involved in white-collar crimes and arrested under the Internal Security Act ISA. Would one of my acquaintances eventually crack?

Jul 20, Sim added it. A good insight and very simply written. Description Details Subhas Anandan is undoubtedly the best-known criminal lawyer in Singapore. Apr 17, Tanmin rated it it was amazing. Fo It’s clear that Subhas Anandan wants to be seen as someone who values family ties, friendships and loyalty above all. For existing subscribers, please sign in to watch. His book really opened up a different side of Singapore to me——of gangsters with hearts of gold, honour among thieves, and of course, the paranoid-schizophrenics and truly irredeemable psychopaths.

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I really enjoyed reading this book as I am able to connect to him as I read it. Overall, it was a refreshing and easy read with Subhas Anandan’s insights in Subhas Anandan documents his prolific legal career in a succint and humble manner. Wish he were still around; I’m sure his star pupils are carrying on his great work. May 16, Jacky rated it liked it Shelves: Sign In Sorry, you are required to sign in to watch this sybhas content. Aug 14, Aaron rated it it was amazing.

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It’s been a few years since I first wanted bset read Anandan’s book and I was quite happy to be able to finally get my hands on it from the library last week. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I admit feeling a bit unsafe walking home near midnight last night.

The Best I Could

At the same time, in this book, he unabashedly mentioned his wilful past, which shows no pretence but humility. Here, he answers the key questions which most would hold – “does a heinous criminal deserve a fair trial? The Best I Could not only mentions the various Singapore crime cases that Anandan undertook and worked on but also his other life experiences, such as his years growing up in the Th Base, his days in University studying for his Law degree and his time in prison where he was falsely accused of crimes he did not commit.

Please sign in again so you can continue to borrow titles and access your Loans, Wish list, and Holds pages. My lawyer-friend said that she read the same book a few years ago when she was convincing herself to study law she now works in-house in a large bank.

And were the criminals he represented the monsters they were made out to be? Encrypted contents are not supported on Chrome browser. Compared to working in the more lucrative but less taxing corporate law, criminal law seems like the pinnacle of public service.

Overall, this is a very good read. Overall, this was a good read for me and I will definitely read the second one! Those looking for more lurid material given Subhas’s career will probably be disappointed. And are the criminals who he represents really the monsters they are made out to be? Oct 10, Victor rated it it was amazing.