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One Million Rupees

posted May 13, 2010, 1:39 PM by

Even though Ram never went to school or got an education, he was still able to answer all the twelve questions correctly and won a billion rupees. Since he won such an enormous prize, Ram's future seems to have a lot in store for him. In the future, I think that Ram will be very successful.  Ram is a very bright person with a lot of personal experiences. One thing that he has in his favor is the fact that he can speak english. He has been able to use that to his advantage in the past, and he most likely will be able to use it again. If he wanted to, he could work at the Taj Mahal again, but this time as an experienced tour guide. Personally, I think that Ram should use his earnings to go and get a good education so he can support his wife and himself once the billion rupees are spent up. Most of the time, if someone gets a large amount of money, they think that they are set for life. I think that Ram would be a lot more successful if he were to save a lot of his money and invest in something, or just save it just in case his past caught up with him, or he went back to the type of life he came from. Ram is a very smart person with a lot of life experience, so he will be able to have a good future as long as he stays focused on what he needs to do and how he can accomplish.

Ram a Murderer

posted May 11, 2010, 1:36 PM by

I think that even though Ram has already killed, or so he thinks he killed to people already, he shouldn't have a guilty conscience when he goes to kill Prem Kumar. However, Ram is a good person. He wouldn't want to cause other people harm, no matter how much pain they put him or the people he cares for through. Prem Kumar caused two people very dear to Ram's heart pain. The first one was his former employer, Neelima Kumari. Prem was Neelima's boyfriend, which she as pretty fond of, but he ended up being no good to her. He beat her and put cigarette burns all over he body. That wasn't the only thing that he did. In a way, he ended up breaking her spirit. After being treated in such a horrible way by someone that she loved, Neelima ended up sending Ram to the market and while he was out she committed homicide. The other person that Prem Kumar inflicted some sort of pain onto was Nita. Ram was very much in love with Nita. One night, he received a call from Nita, who was in the hospital. Ram rushed over to her and saw that she was in the same condition that he found Neelima in after Prem Kumar left her house. Nita had bruises and cigarette burns all over her body as well. Also, her jaw was dislocated. In seeing Prem hurt yet another person who meant a lot to him, Ram found him and vowed to kill him. However, when the time came for Ram to actually pull the trigger, he couldn't do it. I think that this was because Ram knew that no good would come from harming Prem. Nothing would happen to change the things that he did to the unsuspecting women. Ram is and always has been a good person, even though he experienced many corrupt things in his lifetime. I believe that Ram had to have had a conscience, otherwise, he wouldn't have hesitated before pulling the trigger on Prem. 

Decisions Impact On Life

posted May 7, 2010, 2:43 PM by

I think that Salim's decision to give Ahmed a picture of Maman was a very good decision.  Maman was an evil person who deserved to die. He took innocent young children from different homes and made it seem like he was saving them from a horrible fate. Instead, he physically disables them on purpose so they can make money from them. If the boys didn't make enough money for Maman, then he would punish them by not feeding them. I don't think that Salim had another choice. If he wouldn't have given a picture of Maman to Ahmed, then the man who is going to give Salim a role in his next movie would have been killed instead. Also, Maman saw Salim in the city, so he knew Salim was close by, so he might have gone after him and tried to kill him. I don't think that Salim had any remorse for what he did to Maman. The way that he sees it, Maman deserved what he got. I think that Ram had other options than throwing Shantaram down the stairs. First of all, it wasn't his place to interfere and hurt Shantaram. Also, if he would have taken Shantaram's daughter somewhere else where her father couldn't have hurt her. I think that overall, the acts are justifiable. They are justifiable because the victims technically aren't the victims of the situations. In Salim's situation, Maman was out to hurt him, so he was saving himself. In Ram's situation, Gudiya was like a sister to him, and he wanted to do everything in his power to save her from her dad.  

Women Treated Poorly

posted Apr 26, 2010, 1:48 PM by

So far in the novel, I have not come across many other female characters who are poorly treated because of their sex. One women, Mrs. Taylor, was mistreated by her husband when he found out that she was having an affair with one of his colleagues. He beat her when he found out. Also, Mr. Taylor's daughter was, in a way, exploited by the cook that her parents had hired. He came into her room and stole a bra of hers. She was also discovered by her father with a boy in her room, which was strictly forbidden. Both of these females, even though they didn't ask for it or even thought to ask, received help from Ram. He had their father arrested for being a spy. With him in a different country for a while, his family got a break from his cruel ways. The one girl who needed Ram the most was Guduya. Her father would get severely drunk and he would beat her and molest her. Being a girl, she couldn't really stand up for herself. When Ram told the manager of the building in which they lived, he advised Ram to pay no attention to it. However, Ram felt a deep personal connection to this young girl, and ended up killing her father to help to save her.

Ram Mohammad Thomas

posted Apr 19, 2010, 8:04 PM by

Vikas Swarup, the author of the book Q&A, chooses an interesting name for the main character in his story. The gives the protagonist in the story the name Ram Mohammad Thomas. The reasoning why this name is given to the main character is a rather interesting one. The main character, when he was a baby, was left in front of a church late at night. He was abandoned by his mother and later found by people working at the church. He was put in the orphanage, and eventually was adopted by a family. His new family also abandoned him, leaving him with the priest at the church, Father Thomas. Ram was raised under the Father's care, and was given an Christian name. Some workers for the All Faith Committee came to visit the priest warning him that people in the town didn't think the young child should have an Christian name, since they weren't sure of his religion. In order to avoid conflicts, Father Thomas decided to name the child with a Hindu name, a Muslim name, and an Christian name. This way, no one could really complain about the origins of the child’s name, since it suited all the major religions.

Maria Isabel

posted Apr 13, 2010, 6:26 PM by

How do you feel when Maria Isabel leaves Honduras?
    When Maria Isabel leaves Hondauras there are a mixture of things that I feel. For one, I think that it is a good decision, because she is going so she can be with the person she is in love with. Also, she is going so she can help to raise her daughter in a better enviornment than she was raised in. If Maria Isabel goes to the United States, she has a very good chance at giving herself and her daughter a much better life than they would have had in Honduras. On the other hand, I find it hard to believe that she would make such a decision. She has seen what children growing up without a mother, or even both parents, turn out like. She also is aware of how hard it can be to leave the US once you are there. When you have a great life in a free country with so many opportunites for you, why would you want to go back to a life of poverty? I think that in her leaving her young daughter wont be a wise decision if she stays away for too long. Children need their parents in thier life. Enrique knows how much it can hurt to not have a mother, and to me, he should have encouraged Maria Isabel to stay with thier daughter for the little girl's sake. Even though Maria Isabel was trying to help her daughter to have a better future, if she stays in the US and is away from her daughter for too long, nothing good will ammount from her leaving.


posted Apr 4, 2010, 6:57 PM by

How is Oaxaca different from all the other states that Enrique encounters. They look different to the way that most people living in other Mexican states tend to look. They speak relatively soft and delicate, and they don’t have as curly of hair as people in the other countries do. The citizens of Oaxaca are generally more friendly than people in other places such as Mexico. Oaxaca’s residents don’t try to harm the migrants that pass through the town on the train cars. They try to throw food and drinks, anything that will help them to succeed in the journey to the United States. Without the kindness of the people living in Oaxaca, many migrants most likely wouldn’t make it all the way to the U.S. border. Unlike most citizens in the other states, the people of Oaxaca realize the only reason that the migrants are trying to get to the U.S. is most likely problems within their country and are looking for a better life where they have a fighting chance. Most of the migrants don’t do any damage to the citizens, so the citizens have no problems letting the migrants go through their town and possibly helping them out if they got the chance to.

Enrique's Journey

posted Mar 21, 2010, 8:33 PM by

What does the author mean when she says that for these children, finding their mothers “becomes the quest for the Holy Grail”?

I think when the author uses this comparison, she is saying that for these migrant children, it is almost impossible to be reunited with their parents. The search for the Holy Grail is something that is supposed to near to impossible to do. When these children are migrating through Central America to reach the United States, it is an almost impossible journey. Many boys get caught by the police and get deported back to their home country. If they aren’t getting caught and deported, a lot of them get robbed and beaten by thieves or even police. Majority of the migrants travel on top of railway cars, which is extremely dangerous. Sometimes, the cars come off their tracks and the boys get thrown off. Some get limbs run over by the train, or even get sucked underneath while the train is moving. Many boys die while trying to migrate to the United States. The journey these young migrant children face is a very difficult one, and sometimes nearly impossible, just like the journey for the Holy Grail. When the children actually reach the US and find their mothers, it is like finding something that isn’t capable of being found.

How did the book make me feel about life?

posted Mar 7, 2010, 1:47 PM by   [ updated Mar 14, 2010, 8:51 PM ]

  1. How did this book make you feel about your own life?
    This book made me realize that people, including myself, take everything in life for granted. No one ever expects anything bad to happen to them. The people in this book didnt expect anything to happen to them either. They never thought they would be running for thier lives while their own government blew apart their homes. This book has made me feel very happy with the life that I life. As of right now I don't have to worry about surving on my own while my home and everything I know gets demolished before my very eyes. It has made me realize that even though at times it might not seem like it, my life is actually pretty good. Even though there are times when I feel that life is just too horrible, it is nothing to the way the boys in this book must have felt. After reading They Poured Fire, I have really come to appreciate everything that I have. I am also a lot more aware now that you should always expect the unexpected, because nothing is going to stay the same forever. I have really come to see that all the things I think are bad in life, really aren't that bad at all. Now that I have read a first hand experience to how bad life really could be, I will think twice before I say that my life is horrible. There is always someone out there who is worse off than you, and I have come to appreciate and realize this is true.

They Poured Fire

posted Mar 7, 2010, 1:45 PM by   [ updated Mar 7, 2010, 1:59 PM ]

I think the fact that throughout their journey, they got separated from their family multiple times was one of the things that kept the boys going at times. When the war first started, the boys didn’t all start off together. They were separated from each other right at the beginning. The want to find out where the others were would probably have kept them going at times. Each one of the authors suffered some kind of disease while they were on their journey. Most likely, the other wanted to be reunited together so that they would be able to know that their brothers were safe and alive still. For example, Alepho was taken to Kenya due to his yellow fever. Benson escaped from the SPLA camp and survived the harsh desert to find his brother. He endured all this and even almost died from dehydration just to find his brother to see if he had survived and was alive still. I think the boys thought that if they just sat down to die, they would be bringing even more suffering to their family. Already so many people from their family had been lost and no one knew what had become of them. The boys had to experience what it felt like to not know what became of members of their family, and most likely didn’t want to bring that pain to the family because they went missing. Also, I think the boys wanted to keep going because a lot of people didn’t think that they would be able to make it because of their ages. I think they wanted to also prove to themselves and everyone else that they could survive the war and never give up when so many others had.

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