Q & A: A Novel by Vikas Swarup

By Vikas Swarup

Vikas Swarup's magnificent debut, which supplied the foundation for the award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, is a page-turning and beguiling tale of affection, perseverance, and drama.

Vikas Swarup's outstanding debut novel opens in a prison telephone in Mumbai, India, the place Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after accurately answering all twelve questions about India's largest quiz exhibit, Who Will Win one thousand million? it truly is demanding to think bad orphan who hasn't ever learn a newspaper or long past to college may well win the sort of contest. yet via a sequence of exhilarating stories Ram explains to his legal professional how episodes in his lifestyles gave him the reply to every question.

Ram takes us on an awesome evaluate of his personal history—from the day he was once came across as a toddler within the outfits donation field of a Delhi church to his employment through a pale Bollywood famous person to his experience with a security-crazed Australian military colonel to his profession as an excessively inventive travel advisor on the Taj Mahal.

Swarup's Q & A is an enthralling mix of excessive comedy, drama, and romance that finds how we all know what we know—not near to trivialities, yet approximately existence itself. slicing throughout humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup offers a kaleidoscopic imaginative and prescient of the fight among sturdy and evil—and what occurs while one boy has no different selection in lifestyles yet to outlive.

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The camera pans over Armaan's heaving back and zooms in on the fireplace, where golden-yellow flames are licking the logs with increasing abandon. Fade to black. There is a fire of similar proportions in our kitchen when I enter the chawl, but instead of logs, Salim is using paper. 'Bastards! . ' he mutters while tearing a thick sheaf of glossy paper into pieces. ' I ask in alarm. 'I am taking revenge on the bastards who have maligned Armaan,' he says as he tosses more sheets of paper on to the pyre.

The old man sitting next to Salim shifts uncomfortably in his seat, crossing his legs. I am not sure, but I think his hand is massaging his crotch. 'The oldie next to you is getting frisky,' I whisper to Salim. But he is oblivious to the old man and me. He is gaping at the intertwined bodies thrusting in synchronized rhythm to the music in the background. The camera pans over Armaan's heaving back and zooms in on the fireplace, where golden-yellow flames are licking the logs with increasing abandon.

I was taken once to high tea at the house of Colonel Waugh, who was the Australian Defence Attache in Delhi and who seemed to speak to Father Timothy in a completely foreign language. I went on a fishing trip with Mr Lawrence, who caught nothing, then purchased a large trout from the fish market to deceive his wife. All the people I met had nothing but praise for Father Timothy. They said he was the best priest this diocese had ever had. I saw him comfort the bereaved, attend to the sick, lend money to the needy and share 56 2,000 a meal even with lepers.

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