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Q A [Download] ➶ Q A By Vikas Swarup – 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 uestions on the television game show Who Will Win a Bil 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 uestions on the television game show Who Will Win a Billion—unless he has cheatedAs the story unfolds Ram explains to his lawyer how he knew the answer to each uestion 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 uiz 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.

  • Paperback
  • 318 pages
  • Q A
  • Vikas Swarup
  • English
  • 21 April 2014
  • 9780743267489

About the Author: Vikas Swarup

Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad India in a family of lawyersAfter 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 motivated by an interest in international relations and a desire t.

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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    A Slumdog Millionaire Vikas Swarup 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 uiz 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 uestions 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 adversityتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و ششم ماه نوامبر سال 2010 میلادیعنوان میلیونر زاغه نشین؛ نویسنده ویکاس سواروپ؛ مترجم مهدی غبرایی؛ مصطفی اسلامیه؛ تهران، کتابسرای نیک؛ 1388؛ در 352 ص؛ شابک 9789642953325؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان هندی به زبان انگلیسی سده 21 مشرح ماجراهای «رام محمد توماس»، پسر بچه‌ ای كه برای زندگی و زنده ماندن تلاش می‌كند داستان درباره ی پسر هجده ساله ی یتیم فقیری ساکن «بمبئی»، به‌ نام «جمال ملک» است، که در مسابقه ی «چه‌ کسی می‌خواهد میلیونر شود؟»؛ شرکت کرده، و موفق شده تا مرحله ی پایانی، پیش برود؛ همین باعث مظنون‌ شدن پلیس، به تقلب در مسابقه، و دستگیریش می‌شود بازرس پلیس به او می‌گوید به‌ شرطی آزادش می‌کند، که بگوید چگونه به پاسخ پرسشها دست پیدا کرده؛ که «جمال» داستان زندگیش را برای مأمور بازجویی بازگو می‌کند و؛ ا شربیانی

  2. Megha Megha 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 suabbles 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 MrSwarup 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 picaresue adventure that is one of the best reads of the yearthis 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 Indiaan 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 peninsulaGives some overview of reality in Indiathat gives you enough of the misery that exists in IndiaIt is well written and describes India as it is todayOh 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 slumsThe 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 itSwarup 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

  3. Tea Jovanović Tea Jovanović says:

    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 uite a time to catch readers' attention in Serbia Although this book had many editions in Serbia his publisher completely ignored his second novel pitty

  4. Amy Amy says:

    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 bookI am pleased to report that I was correct the book uAu 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 uestions 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 uestions 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 this2 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 creepy3 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 uiz show that is entertaining funny tragic and horrible that deserves rather than is cheapened by its happy ending The movie just cannot compare

  5. Majenta Majenta says:

    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 uite 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 moneyBut wait Here comes yet another unsavory event he is arrested For cheating Nobody can believe that someone like him could have known all those answersThey 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 truthSeize your chance to sit down with him and go Behind the AnswersI 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 shineWhatever your opinion of the SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE film I humbly suggest that your experience isn't complete without AThanks for reading

  6. Sam Sam says:

    Vikas Swarup's book is not Danny Boyle's film I first learned of A from an interview with Swarup in which he criticized the movie that had made his characters into international names I can see why A 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 uestions and brings readers to a surprisingly different climax and denouementThe 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 movieSwarup 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 sameFor 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 portrayedFinding 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. Ashwood (애쉬 우드). Ashwood (애쉬 우드). says:

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

  8. Leigh-ann Leigh-ann 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

  9. Joe Joe says:

    My review is based on the audiobook read by Christopher Simpson who is absolutely outstanding given his vast array of accents and vocal gymnastics His readings adds an ingredient that would have been sorely missed without him Having just visited India I found I was pulled right into the vivid storyline I loved the movie but I found the stories in the book far appealing It’s originally entitled A which is actually the story’s format I haven’t been teary eyed over many stories but this one really touched my heart The narrative jumps around a bit but it all still plays out uite powerfully The movie is based on the dynamics from this book but I wish it used a few of these stories while politically I can understand why they didn’t Ram Mohammad Thomas Jamal in the movie is still uite unforgettable Salim and the host of other good and bad guys and all of their stories will stay with me for a long time Even the charismatic TV show emcee has important history I loved it It’s heavy at times but a powerful read

  10. Lexie Lexie says:

    I have rarely been as ambivalent about a book as I was about A I realized about half way through that I could put it down never pick it up again and not feel any remorse at all Yet it was just engaging enough to continue reading and I finished it I was moderately intrigued throughout but nothing in it lit a passion in me at allBasically I'm glad I checked it out of the library

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