Q & A

Q & A Ram Mohammad Thomas Has Been Arrested Because How Can A Poor Orphan Who Has Never Read A Newspaper Or Gone To School Correctly Answer All Twelve Questions On The Television Game Show Who Will Win A Billionunless He Has Created As The Story Unfolds, Ram Explains To His Lawyer How He Knew The Answer To Each Question By Telling A Chapter Of His Amazing Life From The Day He Was Salvaged From A Dustbin To His Meeting With A Security Crazed Australian Army Colonel While Performing As An Overly Creative Tour Guide At The Taj Mahal Stunning A Television Audience Of Millions, Ram Draws On A Store Of Street Wisdom And Accidental Encounters That Provides Him With Essential Keys Not Only To The Quiz Show But Also To Life ItselfIn A Beguilling Blend Of High Comedy And Poignancy, Vikas Swarup Has Created A Kaleidoscopic Vision Of The Struggle Of Good Against Against Evil, And What Happens When One Boy Has No Other Choice In Life But To Survive

Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad India in a family of lawyers.After his schooling, Vikas attended Allahabad University and studied History, Psychology and Philosophy He also made his mark as a champion debater, winning National level competitions After graduating with distinction, he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986, motivated by an interest in international relations and a desire t

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  • Paperback
  • 318 pages
  • Q & A
  • Vikas Swarup
  • English
  • 11 January 2017
  • 9780743267489

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  1. says:

    I should mention that this 1 star review is not at all related to my opinion of the movie Slumdog Millionaire which I liked much better than the book I am glad that the movie makers smartly retained the only decent thing about this novel that is the game show plot device and tossed almost all of the rest into the trash because that s where this novel truly belongs This book badly needs some editing or even better, a different author I read in some review that Slumdog Millionaire feels like a juvenile s attempt at writing and I have to agree It is not even L of literature It does not take long to get tired of the flat narration Anyway, writing style is perhaps not the biggest problem with this novel The story is so full of cliches Every episode in the life of the protagonist seems as if it is pulled out of some cheap bollywood masala movie the episodes in the movie Slumdog are way better Swarup took all the vices and social issues he could think of and stitched it all together into a story Child abuse, murder, suicide, incest, prostitution, theft, robbery, corruption, eve teasing, poverty, riots, religious squabbles, underworld, India Pak war it s all there Homophobia and pedophilia is way overdone Such is the cheap drivel Swarup is selling in the name of realism He has played out the religion card too and named the hero Ram Mohammed Thomas With this selling recipe in place Mr.Swarup perhaps didn t think there was any need put an effort into the actual writing any These are a few snippets of this book s review from by people outside India Despite heartrending descriptions of sexual abuse, racism, poverty, homeless and much, much, in modern India, this is an utterly enjoyable picaresque adventure that is one of the best reads of the year.this is an easy and entertaining story that captures much of the essence of this fascinating country It offers a very good look at several different societies and life styles in India an exciting and fascinating glimpse into the life in modern India Well written and full of both common day life and historical facts about the densely populated peninsula, Gives some overview of reality in India that gives you enough of the misery that exists in India. It is well written and describes India, as it is today Oh, Puhleeze This ain t modern India or even India in the older times for that matter None of the episodes in the book has even a faint resemblance to the life of a common man in India A common man doesn t spend all his life amidst every imaginable crime and misery Swarup is pandering to the western audience by giving an impression that abuse, poverty, misery and what not is all there is to Indian way of life And that too from a person like Vikas Swarup who is an India diplomat and is supposed to represent India to the world outside At least I think it was pretty clear in the movie that it was just a story of an orphan boy from slums.The depiction of Bombay slum life as a backdrop was perhaps much closer to reality in the movie than Swarup s novel The movie never seemed to claim that that was the essence of life in India Swarup, on the other hand, draws his characters from different economic classes, different religions, people ranging from movie stars to diplomats, priests, businessmen, middle class, slum dwellers and all And he presents every possible way of life in India with just a dark side to it.Swarup himself does not even live in India And even during his visits to India I am sure he has only experienced the life of rich upper class who form only a small fraction of our population It is not a surprise that he is completely out of the touch of the reality of common life in India Someone please tell him that watching a bunch of bollywood movies is not how you get an experience of Indian life.

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    Q A Slumdog millionaire, Vikas SwarupQ A is a novel by Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat Published in 2005, it was the author s first novel Set in India, it tells the rags to riches story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a young waiter who becomes the biggest quiz show winner in history, only to be sent to jail on accusations that he cheated Over the course of the novel, Ram Mohammed Thomas gives flashbacks of his life to explain to the police how he knew the answers to the show s questions including the corruption he was faced with and had to overcome The book is about destiny vs luck, and personal dedication In 2008, the book was loosely adapted into the multiple Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, which features a new main character named Jamal and his brother Salim The movie is a comment on how poverty and corruption poison the human spirit, and how to retain one s true self in the face of adversity 2010 1388 352 9789642953325 21 .

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    MUST READ MUST READ One of the books I ve discovered for Serbia, and I m very proud of doing it much before the movie is made or won the Oscar This book has that something that makes you instantly fell in love with it from first sentence And you don t forget it ages later It took quite a time to catch readers attention in Serbia Although this book had many editions in Serbia, his publisher completely ignored his second novel, pitty

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    I was completely unenchanted with the movie Slumdog Millionaire the story, I felt, was predictable with characters that were totally uninteresting or completely unlikable However, much as I was unimpressed with the movie, I couldn t shake the feeling that there was the kernel of a very interesting story there, and that maybe, just maybe, I might have a good experience with the book.I am pleased to report that I was correct the book u QA u is far superior to the film A few things that I preferred in the novel 1 Not a linear time frame in the movie, the progression of questions in Millionaire followed the progress of the boy s life In the book, this is not the case the time line slips around a bit, and answers to certain questions give hints of things not yet revealed that have occurred in the past It is far intriguing, I thought, than a simple recitation of then this happened then this and then this 2 Sunil is not a heartless murderer One of the main problems I had with the film was the Sunil was detestable from the get go, locking his brother in the toilet, then selling his hard won autograph By contrast, the character of Sunil in the novel is a sweet boy, with no relation to the narrator, who loves films, who doesn t kill anyone, and who does not become hardened by the life around him Sunil from the book is very much what I imagine what they wanted Jamal from the movie to be, except somehow in the movie Jamal was completely lacking in charisma and was actually kind of creepy.3 Minimal love story I am not a person who is opposed to a love story, certainly however, as soon as Latika was introduced in the film, I groaned inwardly, that such an interesting premise was being wasted on yet another pair of star crossed lovers The book, while there is certainly a romance, it does not span the entire book Which allows Ram Mohammad Thomas which is the character of Jamal s name in the book to develop as a character beyond love sick obsessive It also allows the story to develop in interesting ways, as not everything is viewed through the lens of a forlorn lover There are a lot characters in the book who get their own stories, with settings and things happening The book creates a believable story of how life experiences can prepare a man to win a billion Rupees on a quiz show that is entertaining, funny, tragic, and horrible, that deserves, rather than is cheapened by, its happy ending The movie just cannot compare.

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    What s the saying You are the sum total of your life s experiences This is the book that presents a very young man who has already racked up quite the collection of life experiences, just by experiencing each day of his existence Luckily and happily, he can put this extraordinary existence to use and win himself a lot of money But wait Here comes yet another unsavory event he is arrested For cheating Nobody can believe that someone like him could have known all those answers.They don t know this young man and what his time in this world has been like They see a dark skinned, humble peasant They don t realize that they re looking at someone who could out survive Survivor Someone who is now challenged with getting someone to sit down with him, listen to him, BELIEVE that he is telling the truth.Seize your chance to sit down with him and go Behind the Answers.I loved the chapter names, how the chapters flowed, and getting to know Ram Mohammad Thomas He endured so much grime, he deserved to have his time to shine Whatever your opinion of the SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE film, I humbly suggest that your experience isn t complete without Q A.Thanks for reading.

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    Vikas Swarup s book is not Danny Boyle s film I first learned of QA from an interview with Swarup, in which he criticized the movie that had made his characters into international names I can see why QA is an intensely first person narrative with the details on paper rarely aligning to those that hit celluloid Swarup leads us into the story through a different scene, plays out the game with different questions, and brings readers to a surprisingly different climax and denouement.The irony is that Swarup s version, the original, is almost hopelessly consigned to be the object compared, as relatively few will meet this book before they ve seen the movie.Swarup tackles different problems, including gender based violence and prostitution, that might have tripped up a film rating, but are pulled apart brilliantly by our protagonist, Ram Mohammad Thomas That s right, not even the names are the same.For all the differences, both book and movie are ultimately strong role models for their format We hear a much Indian internal monologue in Swarup s book than in the westernized Boyle voice over The language and evolution of Thomas are much less stereotypical than the slumdog, Jamal Malik, that Boyle portrayed.Finding these differences and delighting over each new discovery, in what could have been a mimeograph, is much of the pleasure for someone introduced to Swarup s novel through the cinema It is a pleasure well worth sampling.

  7. says:

    Really liked this book, surprisingly it was as good as the movie So, great read

  8. says:

    Bolna i surova knjiga o detetu koje je prinudjeno da se bori za goli opstanak u okrutnom svetuIstovrmeno nas uvodi u svet Indije, njenu kulturu i obicaje Cita se u jednom dahu i definitivno ne moze nikoga da ostavi ravnodusnim Preporuka.

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  10. says:

    I was torn about how to rate this book On one hand, I just loved the unusual plot, and could have easily given it 5 stars On the other hand, wow, I don t remember the last time I read anything so blatantly homophobic Three different male characters, two of whom are clearly identified as gay , were predatory pedophiles who abused young boys A third man was also a pedophile who abused young boys, but at least the author never claimed he was gay I didn t feel any of these characterizations were necessary elements of the plot, either, so they just seemed gratuitous It s too bad, because this book could have easily made my list of my favourite novels of all time, but the homophobic overtones sort of ruined it for me.

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