– by Vikas Swarup
This is a novel i found when i was waiting in the Crosswords bookstore for my wife, one lazy saturday morning. A good novel though, makes you think on lines that certain people have faced much more dificulties in life than traffic woes and load shedding problems! That every day is a struggle for them, and if they get anything good or great.. like winning a gameshow, you’d say that he deserved it !
Ram Mohammad Thomas participated in an Indian TV quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion ? (also known as W3B) — and, despite being an uneducated waiter, became the first contestant to answer all twelve questions correctly and take the prize. At the beginning of the book he is arrested for this grand feat, the television producers charging that he must have cheated and that they shouldn’t have to pay up. Tortured by the police, he gets a reprieve when a lawyer is willing to at least listen to his side of the story, demanding to hear the full story of how Ram could have answered all these questions. By telling episodes from his life Ram slowly reveals what he has experienced — and, incidentally, how he came to know the answers to these particular questions.
Worth a read !