Q & A by Vikam Swarup
Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested. For answering twelve questions correctly on Who Will Win A Billion? Because a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school cannot name the smallest planet in the solar system or the plays of Shakespeare. Unless he has cheated. Rescued from the police cell by a lawyer, Ram prepares his defence by reviewing TV footage of the show and takes us on an amazing tour of his life - from the day he is salvaged from a dustbin, to his employment with a faded Bollywood star, to serving a security-crazed Australian colonel, by way of a career as an over-creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal. Stunning a TV audience of millions, he draws on a store of street wisdom and trivia to provide him with the essential keys, not only to the quiz show, but to life itself. Set in modern India, Q and A is a blend of high comedy and touching melancholy. Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle of good against evil, and what happens when one boy has no choice in life but to survive.

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