Q & A New by Vikas Swarup is a novel about a poor boy as he grows up learning the lessons of life and ends up winning India’s most coveted quiz show.
Summary Of The Book
The tale of part fantasy, part curiosity and part reality. A tale of multiple layers unfolding with a new surprise element as and when Ram Mohammad Thomas, a boy with a humble, in fact poor or no background ends up winning the nation’s most prestigious quiz show Who Will Win a Billion? Well, the curiosity part does not come in his winning but in his landing up in jail as a consequence of his win. It is of course a matter of high doubt as to how an illiterate fellow living in slum quarters can find answers to all twelve questions posed to him in the quiz. From here, the plot unfolds as Ram Mohammad Thomas revisits his past and gives an account of his life through the tides of times. Ram’s tale is bound to keep any individual gripped to his tale as he moves from being an orphan to being moved in a brothel. From being alongside gangsters to finding himself serving a Bollywood star. The story is a complex drama of an individual who has learnt much in life just by being a perceptive observer and a keen listener.
Vikas Swarup’s Q & A has received widespread critical appreciation both in the national as well as in the international space. The book has been translated in 42 different languages and made into an Oscar-winning movie 'Slumdog Millionaire’ which portrays the degree of popularity that it must have received.
About Vikas Swarup
Vikas Swarup is a man of much talent. He is a renowned Indian novelist as well as diplomat who has served in the United States, South Africa, Turkey, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
Vikas Swarup is the author of two novels: Q & A and Six Suspects. Q & A was his debut novel.
His book Q & A won South Africa’s Exclusive Books Boeke Prize 2006 and was shortlisted for the Best First Book by the Commonwealth Writers' Prize along with winning the Prix Grand Public at the 2007 Paris Book Fair. It was also voted as the winner of the Best Travel Read (Fiction) at the Heathrow Travel Product Award 2009.
Born in the humble township of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Vikas Swarup joined the Indian Foreign Service in the year 1986 after completing his graduation from Allahabad University. He is presently India’s Consul-General to Osaka-Kobe in Japan. He has also served in Ankara, London, Addis Ababa, Washington DC, and Pretoria.
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