Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup
A Novel

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Eighteen-year-old Ram Mohammed Thomas is in prison after answering twelve questions correctly on a TV quiz show to win one billion rupees. The producers have arrested him, convinced that he has cheated his way to victory. Twelve extraordinary events in street-kid Ram's life - how he was found in a dustbin by a priest; came to have three names; fooled a professional hitman; even fell in love - give him the crucial answes. In his warm-hearted tale lies all the comedy, tragedy, joy and pathos of modern India.

About Vikas Swarup

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Vikas Swarup is an Indian diplomat who has served in Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, and Great Britain. Q & A, his first novel, is being translated into eighteen languages and is due to be made into a film. Swarup currently works in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.
Published April 1, 2005 by Doubleday. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After enduring a childhood of poverty, violence and exploitation, Ram Muhammad Thomas wins a game show prize of one billion rupees.

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There are movies about India and there are movies about India.

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Swarup employs a fable structure in his novel: each chapter explains how Ram is able to answer the questions put to him while revealing the life lessons he discovered along the way: love, trust, the impermanence of suffering, the dangers of money.

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The India theme dominated this Academy Awards ceremony, with Indian music, Indian dance, and Indian colours omnipresent at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

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