Thursday, 24 December 2009
Vikas Swarup: Q & A
Former tiffinboy Ram Mohammad Thomas has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz-show to win a cool one billion rupees. But he is brutally slung in prison on suspicion of cheating. Because how can a kid from the slums know who Shakespeare was, unless he is pulling a fast one. In the order of the questions on the show, Ram tells us which amazing adventures in his street-kid life gave him the answers. From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters, and into the homes of Bollywood's rich and famous, Ram's story is brimming with the chaotic comedy, heart-stopping tragedy and tear-inducing joyousness of modern India.
What a fantastic read!
I really enjoyed the stories that lead to the answers to the W3B questions. Also, it was great to learn so much about India, the country, its people and its history. I've always been fascinated by the Taj Mahal, but having read the book, I really want to see it now... And what was best about the book was that it is like a big Bollywood fairy tale with a great ending!! I cannot wait to see the film now...