Monday, December 14, 2009

Q and A by Vikas Swarup, reviewed by Shreyti Kaul

Q and A by Vikas Swarup

Reviewed by
Name: Shreyti Kaul (13 years)
School: Carmel Convent School

The story revolves around the life of Ram Mohammad Thomas who is an orphan. He begins his life at a in Mumbai. He has been arrested for answering twelve questions correctly on “Who Will Win A Billion” because a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper oe gone to school cannot name the smallest planet in the solar system or the plays of Shakespeare unless he has cheated. Reviewing TV footage of the show Ram is telling Smita how he won. This book takes us on an amazing tour of Ram’s life. From the day he is rescued from a dustbin and taken to a church, to his encounter with a security-crazed Australian colonel who had cameras in all the rooms and a spell as an over-creative guide at the Taj Mahal, his survival instincts are infallible. Stunning an audience of millions, he draws on a street wisdom and trivia to provide him with the essential answers, not only to the quiz, but to life itself. Set in modern India, Q and A presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle of good against evil, and what happens when a boy has no choice in life but to survive.

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