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Overall—how did you experience the book while reading it? Were you immediately drawn into the story—or did it take a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate, or irritate, you?

posted May 25, 2010, 7:32 AM by Perry Nguyen

The book was extremely annoying because it kept on switching between 1st person and 3rd person. But some parts were good and captured my interests like how she fought her father and other parts. But most of the book was really boring and uninteresting because most of the content in the book couldn't catch my attention so I usually feel sleepy when reading it. When I was first reading it i was drawn in because I wanted to see what would happen but after the first chapter . This book irritated me a lot because It not only changed from first person to second person but it did this almost every paragraph. But some things were disturbing like how she was tortured and and how she killed all of her enemies. Some things that were intriguing about this book is the fact that Mao chose to live in poor conditions in a cave when he could be living in more luxurious conditions. Also what intrigues me is the fact that some people know about shakespeare and how they know his hair cut. Also Its amazing that they are willing to live in such rural conditions and their willingness to leave their homes and land to follow their leader Mao. Another thing that intrigued and disturbed me is the fact that chinese people bound their feet. This is disturbing because it pusses and bends bones but is intriguing because its their culture.

If you were to talk to the author, what would you want to know?

posted May 17, 2010, 8:13 AM by Perry Nguyen

If I were to have the chance to talk to the author I would ask him about why he chose to choose the name for his main character because it weird to have the name from three different religions. Another question similar to the first one I would ask him which religion he is from and has he tried all the religions or knows someone who has. Another question i would ask is if he has actually been abused like the kids in the book or if he knows someone who has. A question about the book that i would ask is why he chose to not put the book chapters in chronological order. I would also ask him about how he chose the name in the book and if they were names of celebrities when he wrote the book or in his childhood or if it came from people who he knew or if he just made them up. Another question i would ask is why he had put so many deaths because witnessing and committing that many death would usually traumatize a kid and how he made the kid so tough it seems to unrealistic so i would ask him if he meant to put deaths or pain in every single chapter to show that those were the reasons he could remember so vividly the details for the question. My last question for the the Vikas Swarup would be why he chose one billion Rupees and not another amount like sticking to the authentic amount of one million or even raise it to ten billion. So these are all the questions i would ask the author.

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?

posted May 17, 2010, 7:49 AM by Perry Nguyen

I don't think Rams future will be very bright but very sad in about ten years because Ram was initially poor and gained a vast amount of money so i think he will spend it all and not use it wisely. Ram would probably be like the people who win the lottery and eventually spend it unwisely and become bankrupt in after that. I think this because Ram does not seem like the kind of person that is not very good at handling money and keeping it safe because on the train he told the guy about his money just to brag and later it bit him in the butt and he lost all the money just because he could not hold his tongue. Another reason his future will not be very good and without money is the fact that he he does not spend his money frugally, he spent a lot of money in the end buying two cars and becoming the producer of a movie. Another possibility for his future is  that he will become a criminal or take advantage of the police to do his bidding. I think this because in the end he used his position to make the police arrest Mamman and save the orphans and this may be a good thing but this kind of power could get to his head and before long he starts going into criminal activities. The fact that  he was able to answer all the question does not give him a very bright future because it does not mean anything. All in all Rams future would not be vary bright in the long term but in the short term it is very promising.

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

posted May 17, 2010, 7:24 AM by Perry Nguyen

Ram cannot kill Prem Kumar because he will  be doing it in cold blood which he cannot do. The other two times he killed someone it was out of rage and in blind fury. For Shantaram he did it out of anger to protect Gudya and for the dacoit he killed him to protect the girl because he associated her with his mother and killed the dacoit out of rage. Ram couldn't kill Prem Kumar because he had thought about what he was doing and the other times he did it without thinking and so he didn't hesitate. He was holding his waiting to long to kill Prem Kumar was the main reason but another one is the fact that every time he tried to get angry it brought up gloomy memories that made him cry. Another reason is the fact that out of all the tragedies in his life he couldn't blame all of it on Prem Kumar. This reason to him makes him feel like he cannot justify his death. I think that when he was remembering the indignities he suffered he was preventing himself from killing Prem Kumar every time he thought of a different pain. I think this because each time he remembered a death or something very bad that happened to him it makes him feel more like too much pain has happened or he should stop the endless chain of pain or something like that. So the reason why Ram could not murder Prem Kumar came down to many facts and possibilities like hesitation and lack of anger and determination.

What do you think of salims decision to give Ahmed, the hit man, a picture of Maman? Did Salim have another choice? Is he guilty of murder? Did Ram Have other options besides throwing Shantaram down the stairs? Are these violent acts justifiable considering the behavior of the victim?

posted Apr 26, 2010, 8:09 AM by Perry Nguyen   [ updated Apr 26, 2010, 12:21 PM ]

I think Salims decision to give Ahmed the picture of maman was wrong because you can't put one life over another. Salim made a selfish decision and not one based on morality because he saw other pictures of people the hitman got but he never replaced any of them, he only replaced the one picture that would benefit him in the future. I think that Salim did have another choice and that was to do nothing he could have just let thing happen and not do anything about it. Salim is guilty of murder because he caused the death of another man and that is illegal even if the man had commited heinous crimes.Ram is guilty of the same crime because he could have done the same thing and ignored what Shantaram was doing to his daughter. These violent acts are in no way justifiable considering the violent behavior of the victm beacause as i said before no life is better than another.

What was the funniest/saddest/strangest thing that happened? Why?

posted Apr 19, 2010, 12:04 PM by Perry Nguyen

The funniest thing that has happened in Q&A was how Ram got his name. This part was funny because he got his name from three different priest  afraid  of a potential riot and the funny part was the fact that another priest was supposed to come and it would have been funny to see how his name turned out.  The saddest thing that happened in the story was the death of the tragedy queen. This part was sad because the woman wanted to be remembered after her death as a beautiful woman like Marlyn Monroe but she ended up being remembered as a rotting dead corpse.The strangest thing that happened in the book was the fact that Shankra was actually the son of the rich landlord. This is strange because his mother was right next door to him but he never told anyone about it so he could get leverage over his mather and make his life better.

Contrast Enrique’s life in the United States with the life he left behind.

posted Apr 12, 2010, 7:47 AM by Perry Nguyen

 Enriques life in the United States is better in many ways than in Hondurus but there are some draw backs from being in the United States. Some of the things that are better in his new life are the amount of money he is making the clean streets and the fact that people here are less class driven. He also likes how comfortable his life is their and enjoys the fact that he can buy things. In his life in Hondurus he left behind important things like his family and friends. In the United states his only family are his mother and half sister so he doesn't have many family members their and in Hondurus he celerbrated holidays with his family and in the United States he doesn't celebrate with his mother. Another big diference with his life in the United States and his life in Hondurus is his love for his mother in Hondurus he adored and worshiped her and in the United states he still loves her but not as much any more.  

What motivates Enrique to stay in the United States? What things make him wish to return to Honduras?

posted Apr 9, 2010, 12:04 PM by Perry Nguyen

I think the things that makes him want to stay in the US is the easy way of living. For example, The amount of money he makes allows him to buy thing s he couldn't buy before in Honduras. He can also go to bars buy hooker and party all he wants. He can have fun with his new friends and he can feel safe on the streets unlike in Honduras. One major reason he wants to stay in the united states is so he can save enough money for a house back in Honduras. Things that make him want to return to Honduras are his family. He wants to return so he doesn't miss important moments in his daughters life. He also is worrying about he absence from his daughters life will cause her to call some one else father. Another reason he wishes to return to Honduras is his wife the love of his life and he wants to be with her again. His wife is hisone and only love in his life and he doesn't like being apart from her for so long.

Most of us can only remember a few events from our early life. What do you think accounts for the three boys being able to remember so much detail?

posted Mar 10, 2010, 11:20 AM by Perry Nguyen   [ updated Mar 10, 2010, 11:33 AM ]

 I think the reason they remember those things in such detail is the fact that the things they went through made a huge impression on them. We only remember a few things from our early life because none of it is important. We live a peaceful life so none of the stuff we do make is memorable, for example, our first steps or our first something does not leave an impact like someone being murdered in front of your eyes or never seeing your parents again. Another factor that i think contributed to them remembering their early life is the fact that it was one long dangerous journey. Their life was always on the line and they barely settled down so the only things they can remember is what they did on their journey to other countries. Most of us don't have things happening in our life that are long term so we might remember it or not. The three boys all in all remember more stuff from their early life than us is the fact that they were forced to become more mature and adult because they saw things that would mentally cripple a grown man. They had to learn how to survive on their own and not to depend on their parents. So i think that their mental capacity matured more quickly so they are able to remember things from their past.

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?

posted Feb 28, 2010, 5:36 PM by Perry Nguyen   [ updated Mar 1, 2010, 8:24 AM ]

    The African proverb at the beginning of the book “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.” means that when two bigger powers fight the smaller powers feel the repercussions. This proverb to me means something kind of the same thing when it is applied to the book that when Northern Sudan fights with SPLA the tribes that live in southern Sudan get killed because the SPLA took their food and the government troops of Sudan thinks that the tribes are helping the SPLA so they are killed. That is like how the grass is trampled and destroyed just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan are the elephants and the tribes are the grass dying from the civil war in Sudan. I think the reason why the authors chose this proverb is because it fit the situation they are in so well; it sums up what happened to them in one perfect sentence. I think the proverb also has another meaning and that is that the grass is the one that is damaged the most and the elephants are hurts less than the grass but I think other wise I think that the grass may be getting trampled but the elephants are getting hurt even more. Like how Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan fight the tribes might be getting killed but the government soldiers and the resistance army are being massacred and have a lot of kill rates too.

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