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How he changed

posted Jun 6, 2010, 10:55 PM by Mitchell K

How do you think Ram changes, if at all, during his eighteen years? Which journey had the greatest impact on him, for better or worse ?

Well, based on how the story is told, I think that the greatest Journey that had the greatest impact on Ram Mohammad Thomas was the whole journey itself that made him end up on the game show, Who wants to be a Billionaire. Without all of the odysseys, in my opinion, I think that the book titled Q&A by Vikas Swarup, would have not been much of an interest or even existed without a plot. The journey is what gave the purpose of Q&A worth reading. I think that Ram Mohammad Thomas going on this  journey was much of a benefit towards his life because, in his younger years as a child, he experienced a lot of bad situations and at the most recent part of his life, before he went into the game show, he was a low working waiter who didn't know better. What Ram Mohammad Thomas had done was definitely for the better.  Participating in the quiz show and winning the top prize money gave Ram Mohammad Thomas a better life. He now has a lot of money and a nice spouse named Nita. But before the quiz show, Ram Mohammad Thomas had committed crimes, such as robbery and murder. He would have done anything to make his life a little bit easier. I think that Ram changes a lot during his eighteen years because he has matured into an adult and he has learned a lot more things than he used to when he was a child.

Who knows, maybe he does

posted Jun 6, 2010, 10:14 PM by Mitchell K   [ updated Jun 6, 2010, 10:54 PM ]

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

 I think that Ram Mohammad Thomas could not kill Prem Kumar because he needed him to win the money so he could buy what ever he wanted. Ram could have killed Prem Kumar but then other people would hear it and he might have been in jail or dead. But I bet he was willing to do this so that he could have vengeance because Prem Kumar injured Nita and that other girl. I'm guessing that Ram's decision was based on his will of fire. Ram Mohammad Thomas really liked those two girls, and he is in the presence of the man who has severely injured them.  If i was in Ram's position, I would have answered the last question, and then kill the guy. But then I would had to be really angry at him. But as stated in the book titled Q&A by Vikas Swarup, "I can not pin the blame for all my misfortunes on the man in front of me. I do not have enough anger in me to justify his death. And i realize then that, try as I might, I cannot kill in cold blood, not even vermin like Prem Kumar." - Pg. 309. Somewhere in that quote, I think that, that is the reason why Ram Mohammad Thomas is unable to kill Prem Kumar. I think that Ram Mohammad Thomas made the right choice not to kill Prem Kumar. At the end, he gets most of the money and he also gets Nita.

His name

posted May 31, 2010, 10:27 PM by Mitchell K   [ updated Jun 1, 2010, 8:28 PM ]

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

 I don't know. I do not know why Vikas Swarup choose the name Ram Mohammad Thomas for his book's protagonist. This question is not a "do you think" question. So perhaps the answer was in the book. But here's my thoughts on it anyways. I think that the author named the protagonist Ram Mohammad Thomas because the guy in the book was Muslim, i think. That Mohammad part would seem like it would belong in a Muslim section. I think that the Thomas is an American name and the Ram is from a sheep. Saying that Ram Mohammad Thomas is a American Sheep who believes in the beliefs of Muslim people. But that is just my opinion.

Future Visions

posted Apr 28, 2010, 12:08 AM by Mitchell K

Despite his lack of formal education, Ram is able to answer twelve questions correctly in order to win a billion rupees. What do you envision the future holds for Ram?

Reading the Book titled, Q&A by Vikas Swarup, and reading about this young waiter named Ram Mohammad Thomas winning one Billion rupees on a game show just makes me feel like saying: Sike. Ram Mohammad Thomas has never gone to a school, read a newspaper, and is a lowly working waiter. How could you ever imagine someone like him winning one billion rupees when you know just enough about his background. How he answered the questions was simple: All of the questions were related to all the experiences he had throughout his life. I envision Ram Mohammad Thomas as one of those wealthy people. Because of his lack of education and intelligence, he could be misspending his money and blowing it off. But he could have used the money to study a lot and he could be doing well in his life. But them again, his life could be difficult due to all the thiefs and smugglers who might try and rob Ram Mohammad Thomas of his money. Basically I am just saying that Ram Mohammad Thoma's life could go either way, Good and Successful, or Bad and Miserable.

Movie fans

posted Apr 27, 2010, 11:46 PM by Mitchell K

Several characters, especially Ram and Salim, are big movie fans. Are movies simply a form of escapism or do they carry a more significant role in the culture ?

Ram Mohammad Thomas and Salim are indeed both movie fans. This, however, in my opinion, does not have to do anything, or is not related to their culture in anyway. Their religion, should I say, does not incorporate anything that involves movie fans, Nor does it apply to being an "escapism". Being such big movie fans is just part of whom Salim and Ram Mohammad Thomas are. It is their own entertainment and who they are. I think I can make this clear by saying that while reading through numerous chapters of the book titled Q&A by Vikas Swarup, I have not yet come across a section of the book that states that watching movies and/or being movie fans is a part of their culture. Also, I am not 100% clear on the definition of escapism, but I think that it means like, doing something to "escape" from everyday activities. So when that is embedded, I have read that Ram Mohammad Thomas and Salim just watch movies solely for their entertainment. There is nothing mentioned about those two watching movies to be avoided by something.

Education for the Future[:

posted Apr 15, 2010, 7:27 AM by Mitchell K

Education seemed to be very important to the Lost Boys.  What do you think sparked that desire?

First of all, education is very important, yes. I think that Education is very well important to all of us. I think that what sparked the Lost boys of Sudan to desire that so much is the will to learn. Also, they wanted to have some kind of education, and they also wanted to learn. I think that they did  all of this so that when they had reached the United States, they would have already began to think like an American. The Lost Boys were learning, adapting to the United State's culture, and that is what they needed to be able to be a part of the United States. They wanted to learn English just like the Americans, and also to communicate with other Americans as well. It does not matter if you just had an hours worth of an education, at least it is a start. The Lost Boys of Sudan really wanted to learn, as stated in the book titled They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky. I think that it was like, somewhere In between pages two-hundred through three hundred, but I am not fully sure.  To me,  just the feeling, and the thought of Education, in generally, is what I think motivated the Lost Boys of Sudan.

See you Later Maria

posted Apr 15, 2010, 12:03 AM by Mitchell K

How do you feel when Maria Isabel leaves Honduras?

I felt very, very disappointed in Maria Isabel when she left Honduras to reunite with Enrique. Think of the situations that Enrique had to face. Maria Isabel might probably go through the same problems and situations as Enrique had, except that because of Maria Isabel's gender, she might be raped unlike Enrique. That is yet another challenge to face. And also, leaving her and Enrique's daughter, Jasmine, behind is just the same thing as what Lourdes had done to Enrique. Leaving behind a child who has no love or compassion towards their parents might make them hate or resent the parents as they start to learn about what their mother or father had done and grow older. Leaving Honduras for Maria Isabel might had been the biggest mistake that she had done. And I still feel that she had made such a silly mistake. But I guess that in her position, she really loved Enrique and that she might had been feeling desperate for him. Then there comes the smuggling problem that might had been involved. Smuggling is very expensive and sometimes these smugglers do not even keep their end of the bargain. They just rip you off. Also, not all people are the good people, so your basically on your on for this kind of situation. So think of everything as a gamble. Bet your life for a better future, or just keep what you have and hope you do well with it. And that is how I feel about Maria Isabel's decision.


posted Apr 14, 2010, 11:32 PM by Mitchell K

What problems develop almost immediately when Enrique is reunited with his mother? Do these problems surprise you?

While reading through the book titled Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario, I had come across a big part of the book and while I was reading it, I could not believe what I was reading. Enrique had long hoped that he was finally reunited with his mother after several years when she had departed him while he was still young, and problems had occurred not too long after he was united with her. I was definitely surprised at what had happened to the bond between a mother and her children. If I had not seen my mother for over 5 years and on any random day I had finally found her, I would be the happiest person alive. But perhaps that
it was Enrique's condition that had made his mother into disliking him. Perhaps it was all of Enrique's fault, he brought this to himself. Earlier in the chapters of the book, Enrique was craving to travel to the United States in hoping of finding his mother. And the words that describe his determination showed that he was serious about it. Just reading about that part specifically, stunned me. As I stated before, I think that the problems between Enrique and his mother was all mainly Enrique's own fault. He was doing drugs and misbehaving. And also the fact that both Enrique and his mother, Lourdes, are complete strangers to one another. But later on in the book, they start to Love each other, as they did many years ago.

Stating Thee Obvious

posted Apr 14, 2010, 11:10 PM by Mitchell K   [ updated Apr 15, 2010, 8:02 AM ]

These boys lost their homes, their families, were thrust into terrible suffering and saw things we as adults never experience.  What do you think made them want to keep going at times when it would have been so easy to just sit under a tree and leave all of that pain?

Well, I think that it is pretty obvious to keep on going if you are ever in a situation just like the Lost boys of Sudan, Unless you are one of those people who will just stop and give up. I mean, just think about it, you lost your home, you're family, and you were suffering from common and uncommon conditions. Would you just stay at where you are at that moment and just stop? I would never do something like that. What I think made the Lost boys of Sudan kept their Journey going was the outcome of what was going to happen at the very, very end. The fact of getting away from harsh living conditions along with the freedom that the Lost boys will have obtained seems like a pretty sweet reward. Perhaps they had pictured a bright and shining future if they had kept on going, which they had, and that was their influence to move on. Sure, sitting under a tree and forgetting about all the pain that you had felt is pretty easy to do, but I am most certainly that the Lost boys knew that if they had just given up, they would have not made it through and would have probably died. But of course, the pain and suffering that they would have experienced before any kind of incident. Never giving up, in my opinion, is what is the most important thing to know, and besides, you got to "Risk it to get the Biscuit" right?

My inside thoughts

posted Apr 14, 2010, 4:33 PM by Mitchell K   [ updated Apr 15, 2010, 8:01 AM ]

How has reading They Poured Fire changed your ideas about the people and country of Sudan? 
After reading the exciting book "They poured fire on us from the sky", I have a lot of second thoughts about Sudan. Honestly, at first, when I thought about Sudan, I just thought about dark skinned people living in poverty. Also, they have very harsh living conditions. I am not trying to be mean nor am I trying to prove a point. I am just simply stating my own opinion.  But after I read They poured fire on us from the sky, my opinions about Sudan now, did not really changed by a significant among but just enough. I do know, however, that the Dinka tribe used to be wealthy before they were bombed. In their country, owning Cattles was their way of saying that they were among the wealthy people. The more Cattles you had, the richer you were. I also think that the Dinka and Sudan have hope now because of what Benson Deng, Alephosion Deng and Benjamin Ajak did. I'm pretty sure that Those three boys influenced the people of Sudan by surviving the roughest situations and never giving up, and hoping that the people will do the same. So my thoughts about the Sudanese country have changed slightly.  I would also like to say that the people of Sudan should really get along with each other, if they have ever heard about the book titled They poured fire on us from the sky.

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