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Untitled PostTell another way the story might have ended.

posted May 20, 2010, 5:15 PM by

            The book “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup had a happy ending, though it could have ended in a variety and numerous different ways. The book could have ended in a neutral, sad, tragic, fantastic or happy way. If it were to be told in a tragic way, it could branch out into many different kinds of tragedies ways.  Say that Ram was set up by somebody very well and he could not get out of the set up. Someone framed him into convincing the authorities that he did in fact cheat on the twelve questions. Therefore, Ram was punished either he was sentenced to life in prison or he was put to rest. Though it is cruel to just put Ram to death for something he did not do and he was just an intelligent young boy who deserved the prize, but because of evil, cruel, manipulative people, he did not get the prize or life. The man who framed Ram also framed his dream girl and dragged her down with Ram. The authorities found made up evidence to take her in for questioning about the crime. They soon arrested her as well but she did not receive life in prison, she was sentenced to 40 to 50 years in prison with the chance of parole. Then a couple of years later the police did further investigation and soon found out that it was all a lie and that Ram was an innocent man. She was then released from prison.

What is/are the author(s) trying to tell you in the book?

posted May 16, 2010, 8:53 PM by   [ updated May 16, 2010, 9:06 PM ]

    I believe that the author of the book “Q&A”, Vikas Swarup, is trying to tell the reader a very important and critical lesson about life and everything in between.  Basically the big message to me, is to never give up no matter what stands in your way. If someone ever tries to stop you from  succeeding or making it far, do not let them, take a stand for yourself and pursue your life long goals or even if they are not goals. It could be just something as small as winning a TV show. In the book Swarup illustrates how Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a challenging contest. But through a series of exhilarating stories, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question. Throughout the book Ram strives and struggles to prove to them why he deserves the prize. No one believes that this young poor boy knew all of the twelve questions, therefore they torture him and cause him pain to try and make Ram confess to something that he did not do. In the end, Ram proved them wrong and earned a portion of the amount of the prize, though he deserved all of the prize.

Can you pick out a passage that strikes you as particularly profound or interesting—or perhaps something that sums up the central dilemma of the book?

posted May 7, 2010, 2:45 PM by

    In the book "Q&A" by Vikas Swarup, there are many interesting passages, but one passage that stood out as interesting to me was in the chapter called “Hold On to Your Buttons”. “… get me a button from one of your brother’s unwashed shirts and a little snippet of his hair…So within a month I got Julie both the button and the hair. What Julie did next was amazing…She stitched the button over the doll’s chest and stuck the hair on the doll’s head. Next she killed a rooster and drained all its blood into a pan… Then she took out a black pin and said, ‘The voodoo doll is ready. I have infused it with your brother’s spirit. Now whatever you do to the doll with this black pin will happen to your brother in Mumbai.”(141-142) I found that this chapter and passage was striking and interesting because of the suspense and intensity. Though it may be a weird part to find interesting, but the fact that his girlfriend seems really crazy in making voodoo doll’s is interesting. I don’t know why after finding out about how Julie, his girlfriend, seems crazy and is into the voodoo type of stuff, why would he stay with her? If he ever did anything to her to cause her harm, she could backfire at him and try voodoo on him. She could even just do it for her pleasure and satisfaction. And deep deep deep down inside of him, doesn’t he have some sympathy for his brother, after all he ended up killing him.


posted Apr 26, 2010, 10:24 AM by

            In the book “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup has taught and showed me many new lessons about life. First, the book has taught me that no matter what your background is or from what place in society you stand in or  the amount of money that you have, you can achieve  and pursue anything that anybody else can that has better valuables than you. All you truly have to do is put your heart and mind into whatever it is that you are trying to achieve. Just because you are poor, lower class, and uneducated, does not mean that you don’t have the motivation to achieve something that someone richer, smarter, or higher class can do. I have learned to not let all of those things get in the way and stop you from achieving something that anyone can achieve as long as you put your heart and mind into it. There are many different routes and ways you can take to accomplish your goals or to win something. For example, in the book “Q&A” Ram was from the slums (the ghetto/poor) and was able to achieve and win the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? But many people were skeptical on how he won because he is not an educated person and they are trying to find any excuse to accuse him of cheating, when in reality Ram did not cheat. So we should not let cruel, evil, untrustworthy people get in the way of us.

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

posted Apr 22, 2010, 12:28 PM by

    I think that the author, Vikas Swarup, choose to write the book "Q&A" through the things that inspired Swarup to want to write the book.  The game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the Major Charels Ingram controversy, and the “Hole in the Wall” project. When young children were able to teach themselves how to function a computer without the use of intervention from the experimenters. Charels Ingram won the top prize in the U.K. for the version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Swarup based his book off of the T.V. show and made it very similar to the game show. In Q&A, rather than using Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Swarup made his game show in the book called Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? I think that the author thought that making a book based off of a game show would make a huge hit and come off as interesting to people. Possibly even getting further than a book, being published as a film and making profit. Not knowing that the book would get far it became a movie called “Slumdog Millionaire”. The movie came out as number one in the box office and many people enjoyed the film. I think that people should read the book before they watch the movie to get a better understanding of where the movie and book came from. As people say, the book always turns out better than the movie itself.



What lessons have you learned from this story?

posted Apr 12, 2010, 12:39 PM by

    In the book "Enrique's Journey" by Sonia Nazario, I have learned so many new things. I have learned a different view of migration today. Before reading this book I thought that the only way that people would migrate was through the San Ysidro border. I had one view on how people would migrate today. Thinking that people only migrated either by smuggling or stuffing each other in cars, jumping over the border fences, digging secret tunnel ways underground, underneath the border. I would have never thought that people migrate on trains. Also, the pain and suffering that the immigrants go through along their journey to making it to the U.S. Learning the different reasons for why the immigrants have to or decide to migrate. Not everyone migrates for the same reason. But the majority of the people migrate to seek better opportunities, more money, better life, and more jobs. In the book “Enrique’s Journey” tells the viewpoint of a boy in search of his mother who left him when he was a child to get a job and send him money to live. Though it was a smart decision for Enrique’s mother, in order to feed her children, put clothes on their backs, and provide a roof over their heads; she missed out on one important thing, family and love. She abandons her children, leaving them with the number one thing that they needed in their life, a mother.

Untitled PostThe author says that immigration is “a powerful stream, one that can only be addressed at its source.” What is the meaning of this statement?

posted Apr 3, 2010, 1:03 PM by

In the book “Enrique’s Journey” the author, Sonia Nazario, states that immigration is “a powerful stream, one that can only be addressed at its source.” I believe that this quote means that immigration is a hard struggle to pursue through and it can only be brought upon the people who have gone through immigrating. If someone just goes up to any random person on the street and addresses them about immigration, especially if they are a U.S. citizen then they pry are not the best person to address. Because they are not going to know the real pain, grief, struggle and strive the people who immigrate go through. Any random person might know some information about immigration, but they don’t know what is really behind an immigrant’s life, unless they have lived it themselves. In the book “Enrique’s Journey”, it explains in great detail the story of a young boy migrating to find his mother. Showing the reader all the struggles and things that he encounters while on his journey to find his mother. Proving to people that it is not an easy thing to do, there are many conflicts that you can encounter trying to reach success. Things like the border patrol catching you and sending you back once you’ve already come a long way. Also, there are gang members throughout the route to coming to America. Many of the gang members don’t let anyone off easy; they steal from you or beat you and throw you off the train.

What predictions can you make as you read?

posted Mar 23, 2010, 12:25 PM by

In the book “ Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario, there can be many alternative predictions made about what will happen in the end of the book based on the information given. There could be numerous ways of good outcomes or numerous ways of back outcomes. For example, if a bad outcome were to take place, it could be that Enrique continued with his addiction to drugs or using glue causing him to increasingly show bad actions towards others. Then everyone he knows is fed up with all of his problems and how he acts because of his drug addiction, they end up abandoning him. Leaving Enrique alone and miserable. He could end up going crazy and feeling unwanted. Causing him to overdose on the drugs, killing him self instantly. Making the conclusion that Enrique never got to meet his goal, he never got to reach or find his mother. Or he could have turned his life around by going to some kind of rehab or getting help from someone to convince Enrique to stop using the unnecessary drugs he has been using. Making a new conclusion that Enrique comes out as a better person. Receiving his girlfriend back and then he ends up having children with her. Though it took a couple of years for him to find his mother, he eventually finds his mother. Giving his kids a grandmother and a mother to him. 

What did you find surprising about the information introduced in this book?

posted Mar 15, 2010, 12:34 PM by

    In the book “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky” by Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, and Benjamin Ajak, there have been many suprising information introduced in this book. For example, in the book they visually describe all of the events that occur very graphically. Such as the part in he book about boys getting circumcised. The authors vaguely describe how the process is performed and what the individual saw and the pain they felt. Keeping the reader captivated and intrigued with the context of the book. It also helps the reader visualize and picture what is going on. There is another part in the book that symbolized being a man or maturity. When one individual in the book states that in their village, getting your front bottom 6 teeth removed from your mouth, symbolized that you were a man. Women would not date or even bother with a guy who did not have their teeth removed. Because it told a woman that that guy has not yet become a man. It also said that some women would also get their teeth removed. So the book vaguely describes how the boys go through the process to getting their teeth removed. Saying how a man uses a sharp knife and places it in between your teeth wiggling and jerking the knife from side to side until your teeth come out. I think that this event in the book is very weird, crazy, and strange yet interesting. It is weird to discover the different things that other cultures find symbolize maturity.

By reading this book, what did you discover that could help you outside of school?

posted Mar 8, 2010, 5:52 PM by   [ updated Mar 8, 2010, 7:06 PM ]

In the book “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky” by Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, and Benjamin Ajak, it helps me and anyone else who reads this book things outside of school. One major thing this book taught me; is to appreciate what you have. To not take advantage of your family, friends, living conditions because you don’t know what they could all just disappear. To acknowledge the things you parents do for you. What your parents do for you is for your own good rather than for worse. This book shows you the life of people less fortunate and how great full they are for small things. When today, many kids are not great full for anything they get. They Poured Fire on us From the Sky helps you with survival techniques. For example; drinking your own pee in order to survive. If you have nothing else to keep you hydrated in the blazing hot sun and you have not eaten for days, you have to take a risk and use what you have. This book helps you learn the weather and living conditions it is in Africa or a humid climate environment. Showing you the types of dangers someone can encounter and should be able to avoid. It also teaches you lessons that they have learned. You can learn from Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, and Benjamin Ajak mistakes and learn from them. To turn it around and use their mistakes for good. This book can help people many ways in the outside world.

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