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Weekly Post 18

posted Jun 13, 2010, 10:22 AM by

Were you able to guess what happened next at any point in the story? What evidence clued you in? Q & A was easy at sometimes. Because the author Vikas Swarup gives a little foreshadowing in 11 chapters on what the question is, for the game show "Who will win a billion". One example is on the train, the gun that Ram held it said "Colt" on it. Well I'm not sure who would look at who invented the gun, but it was insignificant to the story from what I thought. But then looking at the gun was pointless so that gave me a hint to what the question was. Which was "who was the inventor of the revolver"? and the answer was A: Samuel Colt.

Do to strange and interesting things that happens in the story of Ram. You can sometimes tell what the question on the game show would be. Like for example Ram store 400,000 rupees and wanted to buy the girl that he loved from her brother. But it didn't work, so there was another man with his son who had the rabies, which Ram's friend Shankar die from. So Ram gave the money to the man so he can save his son. Then the man stick his card to Ram's pocket. Which has helped Ram in the game show to answer one question.

Sometimes it is and sometimes it is hard to tell what the story will throw at you next. It is a surprise if you can sense it coming and found out that you are right. It is all about luck and how you read, if you read the book like crazy then you would have a better chance of finding out what will happen in the book. But if don't read much then you will have a lower chance, but it is all about if you are willing to read the book.

Weekly Post 17

posted Jun 13, 2010, 10:09 AM by

Who is the most important character in this story? Why? For Becoming Madam Mao Jiang Ching/Yunhe/Lan Ping is the most important character. Because she is the main character and without the main character, the story cannot go on. If she died for example then the book can go now where because the book is mainly on her. So if there are two main characters then if one of them dies then the other main character takes the glory.

For Q & A if Ram were to die then the story will end, because if the main character dies then it will be over for Q & A, which is based on Ram the protagonist and main character. So if he dies in the beginning then there must be a new main character or the story must come to an end. Basically if the main character dies then if there is no other main character then the story must come to an end. Because it is all about the main character's life, and how they go though life or how the see life as it is.

To be a main character you must be like heard from in every few chapters like "They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky". How there are three main characters: Alepho, Benson, and Benjamin. It is a good example because each of the three boys have a chapter on their perspective on how the endured and survive the want to be a holocaust in Sudan. The story is sad but the way they survive is great and extreme. They do what it takes to survive and share their story with everyone to show how bad the attacking country is.

Weekly Post 16

posted Jun 4, 2010, 6:03 PM by

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? For Becoming Madam Mao in the beginning it was pretty confusing do to third and first person speaking. Then later in the story it becomes easier to understand and it is okay for me. My first impression of the book when I just saw the cover was it is a love story. But this story is like the struggle for power in China.

I am amuse on how the author make the story seem so imaginable for the readers or me I guess since I'm saying this. The book has good imagery, and it goes well for readers because mainly most of us never went to China, so reading the book with this imagery gives us readers a thing to see in our heads. It gets confusing if you know nothing about how China in the past or when the time period of this book takes place.

But still over all for right now it is a okay book, just confusing at first then some how I got use to the text being in third and first person, for each paragraph. But one thing for sure is that it would be very irritating if the book was setup like in sentences, the character’s perspective changes. Mostly like one sentence is Yunhe/ Lan Ping/ Jiang Ching’s perspective then the next sentence is the person she is talking to if not herself.

Weekly Post 14

posted May 15, 2010, 3:10 PM by

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? Well one envision for a fact is there will be a lot of interviewers, at the front of Ram's house. They would probably ask a question like, with your lack a education how were you able to get all the questions on W3B correct? Also they would ask what will you spend your money on now, will you give it to charity or give it to your love ones? Then the interviewers may ask now that you won a billion rupees what is your next goal to do?  A good final question would be, how does it feel like to be the first and last winner on W3B?

Well I think the future for Ram maybe like how he gives his money away to the people in the out house, because Ram is nice enough to give his money to before in need at the out house. Ram would probably still go to work somewhere or even go get an education so interviewers don't have to ask him about his information about his education level. Well another future for Ram is being a father, since he bought Nita from her pimp brother.

But one future that is probably going to happen is that Ram will use his money on helping Salim even more for his career of being a movie star. Also he will help Lajwanti to get a husband or to pay for her wedding. Lastly he probably may help Gudiya to get a husband too and maybe, he could get her father back into a scientist so that he would be a normal person again.

Weekly Post 12

posted May 7, 2010, 3:07 PM by

Considering he believes he’s already murdered two people, why is Ram unable to kill Prem Kumar? Do to the book’s response about this situation, Ram couldn’t generate enough anger to unleash his fury on Prem Kumar, even though he had given Ram trouble to people that he had loved.


To me I find that Ram doesn’t want to be killer and doesn’t have it in him to get his vengeance. His revenge wasn’t successful; I’m guessing that the third time is the charm. But for Ram it’s a unhappy third times the charm. For Prem Kumar in the book based by his actions its more like his fifth time the charm for survival. Because the first was attacking Neelima Kumari, the second is Nita, the third was helping Ram by cheating, the fourth is by lying to Ram on the questions for question number 11, and the fifth is from not dying from Ram.


For Ram though even if he thinks that he had killed two people already in the book, it’s the truth that at the end of the book due to the ending and the author revealing what truly happened is that only one of them died. So I think if Ram tried to kill Prem Kumar he couldn’t due to his killing to the other victims, that Ram had killed in the book. Prem Kumar hadn’t get a break from his life on the line, like how where the author reveals that Prem Kumar died from suicide, and Ram thinking that the workers on W3B killed Prem.

Weekly Post 15

posted May 7, 2010, 2:45 PM by

If you could rewrite the ending, would you? In other words, was the ending satisfying? For Q and A I find the ending pretty satisfying it tells what happens to all of the surviving protagonist characters and to some of the antagonist.

But if I were to get an assignment on to rewrite the ending, I would change it to when Ram was walking with Gudiya/Smitha in the end where he threw the lucky one rupee coin, I would make that Ram encounters Prem Kumar and he is still happy for treating Neelima and Nita in a bad way. Then Ram gets angry and go beat up Prem Kumar for what he has done. Not letting other people kill him, mine as well let Ram do the work for revenge. Only violence is the answer when you are winning, for Ram he could probably beat up Prem Kumar for his actions.

If I wrote that then I would be satisfied for what I put. But the normal ending is good too but mine is more for revenge. Well Ram should be able to get vengeance so why not beat up the guy that hurt people that you cared about. It would be better if there was a foot note that said Ram got the last laugh, between Ram and Prem Kumar. Even if Ram didn’t shot Prem Kumar. Over all the original ending is great the way it is. But my ending is violent but should of happened to teach bad people a lesson.

Weekly Post 11

posted May 7, 2010, 2:45 PM by

What do you think of Salim’s 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 victims?


Well I think that both Shantaram and Maman have done cruel things to people over the past in the book. So it should be fair that they both should pay for their mistakes for what they did to people. Shantaram is a weird man who is a mad scientist but now doing many things to his daughter. Maman is a criminal to young children mainly boys, because he breaks their bodies trying to make them look horrible so they can beg and get at least one hundred rupees. Maman does this on purpose to get cash, even though the boys get fed but by only getting the requirement of a hundred rupees. It’s sad to be disabled to get fed by begging on the streets to collect the minimum requirements.


Their deaths make people lives easier for the victims who get affected by these two. I don’t think anyone cares about their deaths just like the death of the dacoit, on the train. Ram and Salim helped people that were under their tyranny because they are crazy in the head. Overall Ram and Salim are not killers but at least they do good things that are helping people conditions like people getting hurt to beg and get cash for a greedy man.

Weekly Post 13

posted May 7, 2010, 2:45 PM by

How do you think Ram changes, if at all, during eighteen years? Which journey had the greatest impact on him, either for better or worse? Well he slowly changes into a guy who if you hurt anyone that he loves, he gets a gun out and not shoot you. But threaten you big time; also he changes in a way and has true love.

The journey or story that he had told smitha. That has the most effect in his life is probably when he met Shankar and Nita. Because that is where Ram changes into a guy that is angry for what people had done. Like how Shankar's mother doesn't even emit that Shankar is her son and doesn't even give 400,000 thousand rupees for her sons medication. For Nita Ram loves her and gets the money to buy her from her pimp brother. Then her pimp brother raises the price of the cost to buy her. So Ram gets angry which contributes near the ending where Ram had a choice to shoot Prem Kumar.

I find that Ram changing is good for him because he can have more experiences, so that if he is in a situation he can use his past to help guide him out of trouble. Like on the train where the dacoit came to steal everyone's belongings, Ram shoots him dead, also Ram remembers what Colonel Taylor said. Confuse your trail; lose your tail, AKA CYTLYT. Which got Ram out of the train without anyone saying a thing of what happened.

Weekly Post 10

posted May 1, 2010, 5:59 PM by

Why does Vikas Swarup choose the name Ram Mohammad Thomas: for his protagonist? Well in the first and second chapters, the author reveals that Ram may have a religion inside of him so his name is split ed.  But it is actually funny how people argue over a name it’s not your baby so pick a random name. It’s not your fault unless you did something to both of the parents, to make a child an orphan.

But then again in India there used to be two main religions Hinduism and Muslim. So Ram has those to religions in his name so that he doesn't offend anyone that is in the real world about a character in a book. I'm not sure about the ending but if Vikas put some things that should be known about the characters, then he should put something on where did Ram come from. What is Ram true background religion is he Muslim or Hindu?

Or maybe just for the fun of it, Vikas Swarup could of chose Ram's name by the first letter of each part of his name, which spells R M T. It may mean something important to Vikas or it could be one of his friend’s names or the companies that rejected to print this book out. Probably meant that it shows that he is successful. But what could R M T stand for that the book was successful anyway? It could be Real My Time or Render Me Towering. To show that someone likes his book and could understand the way he is thinking I suppose.

Weekly Post 9

posted Apr 25, 2010, 5:54 PM by

Ram has a recurring dream of a tall women with black hair that obscures her face. At what moments have this dream, and why? What does this woman represent? Is she his biological mother? A symbol of hope? Abandonment? I find the moments that Ram have this dream is when he is sad or endangered of his life being at an end. Because in the beginning of the book of Q & A Ram had the dream when he was getting tortured and then the dream comes when he's snoozing from all the pain.

Which also it shows sort of why Ram get these dreams. Because Ram is a Orphan when he is still a baby and has been adopted. So he is still young and doesn't even know who is or how his mother or how she  even looks like. The woman in Ram's dreams maybe his mother because he is missing his mom so it could be her.

It can a symbol for happiness and hope because if he is in danger like when he was tortured then seeing this image gives him hope and strength to get back up and to live. If Ram does know that if that's his mother then the author could make Ram like Enrique searching for a long lost mother. If that's true then to both Enrique and Ram their mothers have been a abandonment and a symbol of hope, to find their mom's the main reason why they may choose to continue living or something.

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