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To kill or Not to kill Prem Kumar.

posted May 2, 2010, 6:28 PM by Big Fudge   [ updated May 2, 2010, 7:32 PM ]

Considering he believes he's already murdered two people, why is Ram unable to kill Prem Kumar?

 When Ram confronts Prem in the bathroom, he already has the mind set that if he kills him then he wouldn't really care about the outcome because he would've fulfilled his vengeance. Prem tries to talk Ram into letting him know the answer to the last question so he could win the billion rupees and let him go. Ram answers with, "What would I do with all that wealth? Eventually a man needs just six feet of cloth for his shroud."(307) But when Ram is trying to bring about all of his anger so he could pull the trigger on this man, he finds he cannot. He tries to bring up images in his mind of what Prem has done to Neelima and Nita. He tries to bring up the anger from all of his past turmoil, from the blooded corpse of Father Timothy to the wilted body of Shankar. And yet with all that he just could not find the strength to pull the trigger. I think he was envisioning the ways that money could be used for the better. Pay for Nita's recovery and he release, ensure they would live a comfortable life style. After he wins the game show and the prosecution fails, he does get together with Nita, he also acts as Salim's producer under an allies. He then helped out the disabled kids by sending them to a well known child-welfare agency, and has Lajwanti staying with him as well. So all an all, not killing Prem Kumar was a good thing for him.

The boy with many names

posted Apr 25, 2010, 11:05 AM by Big Fudge   [ updated Apr 25, 2010, 9:41 PM ]

Why does Vikas Swarup choose the name "Ram Mohammad Thomas" for his protagonist?

Well, after watching this episode of South Park, it was probably to not offed different religions. That was also the reason he was given the name from Father Timothy. Originally, Padre Timothy  named him "Joseph Michael Thomas," obviously a very Christian name. Ram was named this until on page 38, were Father Timothy was confronted by 3 men from the All Faith Committee asking if he recently adopted an infant orphan boy. "Yes, the poor boy's adoptive parents have disappeared, leaving him in my care." Father Timothy said, still wondering what this visit is about. The 3 men then asked what did he name the boy. Father Timothy replied with the Christian name as expected. Then the 3 men asked, "How do you know he was born to Christian parents?" After they talked a few more spells, about how mobs are attacking churches that were converting people and how it would be wise to rename the boy for the safety of the church. "Look, if it takes a name change to get the mob off my back, I will do it. How about if I accept both your suggestions and change the boy's name to Ram Mohammad Thomas? That should satisfy everyone."(39) All ends well I suppose, no mob attacked the church 8]


The Women with an Obscured Face

posted Apr 18, 2010, 4:02 PM by Big Fudge   [ updated Apr 18, 2010, 8:25 PM ]

Question 2: Ram has a recurring dream of a tall woman with black hair that obscures her face. At what moments does he have this dream, and why? What does this woman represent? Is she his biological mother? A symbol of hope? Abandonment?

So far from what I've read this woman appears when Ram witnessed something that changes his perspective in life. On page 95 Ram asks another character named Jitu if he could try some glue. "After I inhale, I start to feel a little dizzy, the floor beneath me appears to shift, and I begin to see images. I see a tall woman, clad in a white sari, holding a baby in her arms... reaches out his tiny hand and with gentle fingers smoothes cavernous eyes, a crooked nose, sharp pointy teeth glistening with fresh blood, and maggots crawling out of the folds of her lined and wrinkled skin, which sags over her jaw. I never try glue again." I remember back in therapy that if the child experienced a traumatic event they are likely to block it out until another event causes them to remember it. Ram being left in a clothing bin as an infant with the only image of what seemed to be his mother's shadow image somehow bringing him comfort during stressful encounters. So I guess in a sense it brings him hope if he sees this image whenever something complicates his understanding of life.

How do you feel when reading the book? Why did you feel this way?

posted Apr 14, 2010, 8:00 PM by Big Fudge   [ updated Apr 14, 2010, 8:51 PM ]

When I was reading this book, I felt confused. These people run the risk of being deported if they were to be caught on their way to America, they run the risk of being mugged, raped, or even killed. And yet they suffer through all of that just to come to a place where they will face all of the same threats, but may have the possibility to not get caught long enough to start a life, get a job, and support the family you left back at home. Most of the migrants who do come here however, forget about their families back home and runs away enjoying their own personal life. Now I'm not saying all people who migrant here are this shallow. When my mom got her US citizenship and came to America, she always made sure she was able to provide for her family members back in the Philippines.

What lessons have you learned from this story?

posted Apr 14, 2010, 7:29 PM by Big Fudge

I would have to say a lesson that I took away from this adventurous book would have to be, never giving up even when the whole world seems to be saying turn back. The stories that are told within the book are very moving, I recall the chapter, Padre Leo's Help, and how it told his life was being challenged as a priest trying to aid all the immigrating travelers, when every single one of his friends and neighbors told him not to even bother. But did he let their responses weigh him down? Not a chance. In order to take care of all these people, Father Leo did all sorts of things,"Padre Leo gave up the two-bedroom priest's apartment attached to the church so that female migrants would have a place to sleep."(173) That's not all he would do, if a migrant needed cloths, the Padre would slip a shirt off his own back if he ran out of shirts to donate or what was left in his own closet.   Another character I would have to say was very strong willed would be Enrique's mom, Lourdes. After Lourdes paid for Enrique to be smuggled to the United States, Enrique kind of put her through hell after the first couple of months passed. Enrique started fighting with her over stuff I find idiotic. On page 200, Lourdes and Enrique are having a conversation and Lourdes is saying to Enrique that he really should shape up while he is trying to make enough money to take care of his family back home. Then Enrique cuts her off with, "All you do is yap, yap, yap! You keep sticking your nose into things that are none of your business!" And yet after all their fighting, Lourdes still forgave her son and loves him no matter what. Now that might be some maternal instinct or some other thing I don't understand but I still view her as a strong willed character/person.

Describe Enrique’s final journey into the United States.

posted Apr 8, 2010, 10:39 AM by Big Fudge   [ updated Apr 12, 2010, 8:31 PM ]

Enrique's Journey is filled with continuous attempts to the States, but as he gets closer and closer to his destination things get rougher. Not being able to stand the stress of the journey, he contacts his mother and asks her if she would be willing to pay off a smuggler. Enrique did his homework on the smuggler and finds his "credentials" are exactly what he needs to get safely to North Carolina and to his Mardre with the cost starting at 1,200 US dollars. Seeing how I was careless enough to leave my book inside my locker, I'm going off my memory so bare with me. The smuggler, Enrique, and two other people meet up during the night, they exchanged a quick word about how if they get caught the smuggler doesn't know any of them. The make their way across a river using some inner tubes having to keep in mind that they need to keep their splashing to a bare minimum. After they reach land, Enrique is saying to himself about how it being the first time he touched US soil and how freedom felt amazing. The smuggler told them to change into some dry cloths as soon as they reached land, the two other people say their goodbye's as Enrique and the smuggler dude are picked up in a jeep where they make their way into Texas. Some time passes maybe with in a week the smugglers contact Enrique's mom saying that it would cost an extra 500 to get him to Orlando, Florida where they could pick him up. After a security check, Enrique's mom agrees and has her boyfriend pick him up. All and all, Enrique finally did it. He finally made it to the US. But now, new problems arise both on the home front and with his reunited mum.

Untitled Post

posted Mar 7, 2010, 9:18 PM by Big Fudge

What does the African proverb at the beginning of the book, “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled” mean to you?

Well when I first read this quote, as with many of my fellow classmates, the meaning was pretty clear. When two powerful forces are fighting each other, it’s the people that surround them that are going to be hurt the most. I was watching this movie yesterday called, The Crazies”, as the title says, it was pretty crazy. It is about a biochemical disease that is spreading through this farming towns water supply and making the towns people go insane and start killing people. Not caring if they were relatives or friends, if you were seen, you were an open target. The governments way of dealing with the issue was, if you were a resident of the town, didn’t matter if you were infected or not, you were going to die by a bullet to the head or burned alive. The two elephants in the story would be the infected and the government, and the grass would be the non-infected people just trying to stay alive. In the chapter “Play Dead”, Alepho wrote about an attack near Kidepo and what it was like seeing the people that was affected. “Then one day, we heard heavy bombing coming from the north. The government was attacking Kapoeta, fifty miles away. On the fourth day the survivors of the Kapoeta attack arrived hungry, thirsty and weak. There were so many. They came with broken legs, arms and even dead children on the backs of women. It was unimaginable. I almost choked.”(170)

Author question

posted Mar 1, 2010, 4:44 PM by Big Fudge

Why did the author(s) choose to write this book?

   In my own personal opinion, the authors chose to write this book because they wanted to tell their stories of travel and heartache. By golly, in every single chapter there are life-threatening journeys to "safe" camps. But really, in times of war, what place is safe for the bystanders. "For the first eight months in Panyido refugee camp Benson, Emmanuel and I faced a lot of difficulties; we had no food, no shelter, and no one to depend on. We fended for ourselves. We went to the river and hunted fish to eat. But the river was really unsafe. Local people called Anyuak sometimes attacked us and took away the clothes we were wearing. Other times they shot people and took everything they had."(134) This was what Benjamin had to go through while at the refugee camp. In times of war, people tend to have the survival of the fittest mind set. When the authors had to cross their way through Sudan, they had to get their heads into survival mode and have the idea that if you set your mind to it, you could achieve great length. And that right there is what I think the whole meaning of the book is. Being challenged by forces should not keep you from achieving your goal.


posted Feb 18, 2010, 12:46 PM by Big Fudge   [ updated Feb 18, 2010, 1:15 PM ]

   Hi my name is Timothy Whitman. As you can see I also go by a S0M3TH1NGC00Lxx. S0M3TH1NGC00Lxx is my screen name for my gamer accounts. I'm 17, a senior at Kearny High, and I get bored very frequently. My music choice is not limited. I can listen to anything now. is the site I go to if I have a specific song I want to listen to. If I just want to listen to a bunch of mixed songs, I go to With pandora, you can type in a random artist, listen to some of their songs as to well as other songs that have similar music styles. I also like to watch the television show Supernatural and Psych, because they are funny as hell. Currently, I am working my way to becoming a doctor. I plan to go into the military to train as a medical field doctor. With that training, it will greatly aid my goal in life. On a daily bases, I get songs stuck in my head and in the following seconds of thinking of them I start singing them out loud with out realizing it. 

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